by George Alleyne
Barbadian activist, David Commisiong, minutes ago denounced an Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) conference currently underway in Barbados.
Opening a panel discussion at Radisson Aquatica, a hotel located metres away from The Hilton, where IAPA is hosting a three-day conference, Commisiong said the press association is controlled by American media and conglomerates pushing a right wing agenda, and is closely linked to the CIA.
The panel discussion being opened by Commisiong was organized by the Barbadian Friends of Venenezuela.
Commisiong said it was organised to show support for the democratically elected government of Venezuela and counter the propaganda expected to emerge from the IAPA meeting.
Commisiong said that as he was speaking IAPA is about to start its own panel discussion on freedom of journalists to speak in Venezuela. He said however that a member of that panel is not a journalist, but a Venezuelan mayor, “one of the three most vehement opponents and enemies of [Venezuelan President] Nicholas Maduro”.
He dismissed the IAPA group discussion as, “A panel designed to do propagandistic damage to Venezuela”.
Members of the Friends of Venezuela panel moderated by Commisiong currently are Barbadian Cultural Ambassador, Dr Anthony ‘Gabby’ Carter; Member of Parliament, Trevor Prescod; and UWI lecturer, Dr Tennyson Joseph.
The Venezuelan members of the panel – Roberto Hernandez, Dr Luis Britto, Erika Ortega, and Roberto Malerver – arrived moments ago.