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Feb 7, 2020

Patrick Faber Weighs in on Media Restriction

Patrick Faber

Restricting media access to cover Sunday’s national party convention, in an era where the dissemination of timely information is most critical, is a counterproductive decision taken by the executive of the United Democratic Party.  With social media as the platform of choice for information sharing, limiting our opportunity to broadcast on-air or online the activities of the convention is archaic and has no place in today’s society were freedom of the press is .a right. Outgoing Chairman Alberto August, who is presiding over the event, told News Five on Thursday that the decision is the result of having the election, as well as the administration of party business being hosted at the same venue.  Today, in an interview with Deputy Leader Patrick Faber, he shared his opinion on the matter, as well as the unfettered access granted to the U.S. Embassy’s political officer.


Patrick Faber, Deputy Party Leader, U.D.P.

“I think it is merely how they have structured the agenda and I tried to share my views on that in the National Party Council meeting.  Traditionally what I think has happened was [that] we invited the media to the opening ceremony, I remember those days of the Biennial Well and you structure the ceremony in such a way that there is a part of the ceremony that you want the whole country and the world to see.  In that portion of the convention we also offered invitations to our friends from friendly countries, the diplomatic corps and so when it was that we spoke about the U.S. Embassy coming, it’s because it is a normal thing for us to invite the diplomatic corps.  In this instance I am not sure that that invitation was given, and so that was probably why the U.S. found it important to send a request for their political officer to attend.”

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