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Nov 7, 2011

1st Edition; Glenn Tillett’s return to print in Independent

The public looks to television newscasts and newspapers as its primary source of factual information about current events while documenting society’s history in progress. And a well-written piece can allow a reader to feel the pulse of that community or individuals that inspire change. An old school print journalist is hoping that the ink on the newsprint of his new publication will be a welcome addition to your coffee table or your office desk. Glenn Tillett told News Five about his new newspaper called Independent.

Glenn Tillett, Publisher of Independent

“As an avid reader, I’ve been dissatisfied with the newspapers generally in Belize—the ones that are available on a weekly basis. I believe there are a lot of areas that are not covered and I have newspapers in my blood. I’ve always been one of the ink stain scribes and that’s all I always wanted to be.”

Jose Sanchez

“You brought some experience from Amandala—I know you’ve been there for a while a long time ago.”

Glenn Tillett

Glenn Tillett

“Yeah well I started in the business part time as a sixth form student in 1977. I worked with the Amandala for a couple of years before going to the United States. I came back and I was the editor of the Amandala for almost five years after.”

Jose Sanchez

“The title of the paper, the Independent; why the Independent?”

Glenn Tillett

“Because it’s intended to be independent.  It will be independent opinions, a variety of opinions, but independent as in we won’t cult out or to any partisan political lines.”

Jose Sanchez

“But we can’t escape the fact that we are at the Vibes. Some people will say Glenn can’t escape his P.U.P. ties.”

Glenn Tillett

“Well I think it was a great philosopher who said no man can escape his destiny. It is one of those things where with the passage of time hopefully—god’s spearing life—those opinions will change.”

Jose Sanchez

“So in addition to highlighting what parties do well, you will be showing inefficiencies of P.U.P., U.D.P., V.I.P.; whichever parties there are?”

Glenn Tillett

“We will cover the issues—as fairly and objectively as we can.”

Jose Sanchez

“And with investigative reporting?”

Glenn Tillett

“Hopefully with investigative reporting. You know from experience that is a dicey proposition.”

Jose Sanchez

“How often will the Independent be out and where is it available?”

Glenn Tillett

“We’re hoping to start as a weekly and if the economy should turn around, perhaps we can come out more often than that. As for availability, it will be available on the streets at all your regular newsstands and of course by subscription. There will be a website; you know the usual IT adjunct node that is now required.”

The first issue is available at the regular newspaper outlets.

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3 Responses for “1st Edition; Glenn Tillett’s return to print in Independent”

  1. Lucas says:

    The amandala is all about itself, always blowing its’ own horn and singing its’ own praises. The guardian and the belize times are owned by politicians. The Reporter even though own by a UDP, is the only credible paper in town which calls a goose a goose and a gander a gander. No matter how negative and bitter the comment made is against the newspaper, it nevers filters such comments. We know Glenn is a PUP but if THE INDEPENDENT sticks truely to its’ name and remains truely INDEPENDENT, I am sure will be a blessing. CONGRATULATIONS GLEN. GO FOR IT MAN.

  2. Be Real says:

    Independent!!!! come on Glenn Tillett only an objective newspaper can call itself independent. thta’s my 1 cent. I have yet to see read or hear of Glenn Tillett being independent. May be he will suprise me , u neva know

  3. louisville,ky says:

    Glenn, you will have to prove to me that you can in fact be truely independent. You start off on the wrong foot with that name Buddy. I know you can write but, can you truely be independent? Prove me wrong, then.

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