Caribbean Report 17-03-1999

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Title: Caribbean Report 17-03-1999
Author: Richards, Ken (anchor, correspondent); Cook, Robin (interviewee); Kendall, Bridget (correspondent); Wynn, Terry (interviewee); Maxwell, John (interviewee); Singh, Rickey (interviewee); Greaves, Keith Stone (correspondent); Lee, Chelston (correspondent)
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1. Headlines with anchor Ken Richards ( 00:26)
2. British Foreign secretary Robin Cook discusses the government proposal to grant full UK citizenship for persons in dependent British overseas territories. Territories in accepting the measure must enact strategies to tighten financial regulations, counter drug smuggling and money laundering and bring legislation in line with Britain rulings. British MPs comments on the path to citizenship and residents in Anguilla share their views on the white paper. Correspondent Bridget Kendall reports on the white paper read in parliament (00:26 – 06:29)
3. The issue of dependent British territories legalising homosexuality was a topic addressed at a press briefing with Foreign Secretary Robin Cook . Some territories have gone on record as objecting to this move. According to the white paper read in Parliament the UK is coercing overseas territory to enact legislation similar to the UK sexual offences act 1967 which legalizes homosexuality acts between two consenting adults in private (06:30 - 07:42)
4. Windward Islands leaders are meeting in Saint Vincent to discuss the state of the banana industry and the future role of Windward Islands Banana Development and Exporting Company (WIBDECO). Ken Richards interviews European Member of Parliament Terry Wynn on the effects of the European Union trade war with the US on the Caribbean banana industry (07:43 – 10:03)
5. Regional support is growing for two journalist Louis Daniel and Horace Helps in Antigua who were sent home due to their stance against management and owners of the Antigua Sun. Staff at the newspaper staged a sickout in response to what they deemed as interference of the editorial process when a front page story critical of Prime Minister Lester Bird was pulled from the front page. The Sun’s owner Allen Stanford has justified his rights to interfere in the editorial affairs of the newspaper he finances. Jamaican freelance journalist John Maxwell describes the action by the owner as deplorable. Regional journalist Rickey Singh comments on the effects of the act on press freedom. Keith Stone Greaves reports (10:04 - 13:26)
6. At its first rounds monthly meeting in London the Montserrat Elections Commission met with relocated Montserratians to talk of constitutional changes and electoral reform. Chelston Lee reports on the four options for constitutional changes. London based Montserratians voice their opinions on the suggested changes (13: 27 - 15:27)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2139/40148
Date: 1999-03-17


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