The Central Bank of Barbados says it has not implemented a ban against the Nation newspaper.
In a brief press statement today, it also assured that all media houses will have access to the Central Bank’s releases.
“The Central Bank of Barbados respects and embraces freedom of the press and the importance of the dissemination of timely and accurate information and as such has not banned the Nation Corporation,” the statement said.
It referred to the front page of the Sunday Sun of May 11,which carried the headline “Cut Off” and went on to “assure media practitioners in Barbados as well as the public at large that it will continue to keep all media houses fully abreast of all developments on economic and other pertinent matters which fall under its purview, including the Nation Publishing Company, as is normal”.
“The Nation Publishing Company will receive all Press Releases and other communications issued by the Central Bank, and all media houses and the general public have free access to the Central Bank’s website, where all our statements, reports, data and speeches, and all other publications are posted,” it added.
However, no reference was made in the statement to invitations to media events hosted by the Governor, who has accused the newspaper of “lacking professional integrity” over a story which appeared last Thursday.
The Nation has since sought to clarify the report on impending lay offs at the Bank, while admitting that the number of people to be sent home was not definite as its headline suggested.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley had expressed outrage over the Governor’s action.