January 3, 2012
Armed police last week raided the offices of a television broadcaster in Trinidad to take possession of a video tape containing controversial footage.
They entered the offices of Caribbean Communications Network Television 6 (CCN) in Port of Spain as part of an investigation into a sexual assault on a mentally disabled 13-year-old girl.
It is alleged that the broadcaster breached the sexual offences act in October by screening the footage. After complaints, journalist Ian Alleyne apologised for his report and was briefly suspended.
CCN said it was happy to help the police and that the raid was unnecessary. Dawn Thomas, a board member of the International Press Institute (IPI) and chief executive of CCN’s parent company, One Caribbean Media, said:
“I am very concerned about this development since it has the potential to intimidate media staff, undermine public confidence and poses a threat to press freedom.”
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