Days after serving legal papers to Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) President, Clinton Reynolds, Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Chairman, Claudius Francis, has said no one should interfere with the media.
Francis was responding to a question asked by a reporter about an alleged “war” with the media, which he denied, stating that the SLP has a good working relationship with the most media workers.
He said he also has a great working relationship with someone who is even vying for the Presidency of the MASL.
The party chairman told an SLP new conference on Thursday that while people should not interfere with the work of the media, the media must exercise some form of responsibility when executing their duties.
Francis served Reynolds with court documents sometime about one week ago, over statements made about an alleged sexual assault case, which has become a spotlight issue.
Recently, Saint Lucian journalist, Timothy Poleon, who was faced with a similar legal battle, took the government to task over its recent alleged attacks on the local media fraternity.
Poleon said on Newsspin, that while there are a few journalists on the island who are holding the government’s feet to the fire, they are being put under tremendous pressure.
The broadcaster accused the ruling administration of allegedly creating an atmosphere where the media is being suppressed, and the rights to freedom of expression is being trampled on, especially when they are put in a negative light.
Reynolds also joined in by saying that the local media must step up, come together and recognize that their democracy is being threatened.
He also declared that if the media allow politicians and other interest groups to continue to “marginalize, threaten, intimidate and ridicule us” then there will be no future for media on Saint Lucia.