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Newspaper trio on bail

Publisher of the Nation newspaper, Vivian-Anne Gittens (in white jacket), senior journalist Sanka Price (walking behind her) and Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris (in back, wearing black) being led to the District "A" Court to answer the charges. At left is Queen's Counsel Alair Shepherd who is leading the Nation's defence team.

Publisher of the Nation newspaper, Vivian-Anne Gittens (in white jacket), senior journalist Sanka Price (walking behind her) and Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris (in back, wearing black) being led to the District “A” Court to answer the charges. At left is Queen’s Counsel Alair Shepherd who is leading the Nation’s defence team.

Nation Publishing Co. Ltd’s publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens, Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris and senior journalist Sanka Price have been released on $5,000 bail and ordered to hand over their travel documents after appearing on a charge of showing an indecent photograph of two minors.

The three appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court this afternoon after being questioned for several hours by police.

Their charges stem from the publication of a picture of two school children having sex in a classroom on the backpage of the October 26, 2013 Saturday Sun.

Price was the author of the article which was accompanied by the offending photograph.

The trio’s appearance comes a day after two teenage boys, 15 and 16, were granted $10,000 bail and placed on curfew after being charged with capturing the photograph in the first place.

34 Responses to Newspaper trio on bail

  1. Paige Mullin-Payne
    Paige Mullin-Payne November 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Law suit for the Nation News paper now…

  2. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins November 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    This is politically motivated and it wouldn’t stop me from reading Sanka Price articles which are usually on point. I would like the government to stop treating the symptom and address the problem. Just saying!

  3. NathAn Salcedo
    NathAn Salcedo November 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    you know a country’s laws are in trouble where two school kids are fined 10k each for bail.. and their local newspaper who is internationally recognized commits the same act and is fined 5k…

  4. Nicole Robinson
    Nicole Robinson November 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hope they feel the full weight of the law. Not everything is meant to be publish, common sense rather than sales of newspapers should have been on their minds, its a shame

  5. Mose Tolly Moseley
    Mose Tolly Moseley November 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    eheeee, somebody real vex bout this situation though. Court case? hahaa since when we care about embarrassing someone in bim whether its a child or adult. this thing was available for the WORLD to see via video. the newspaper censored the faces and all ya see was a guy standing behind a girl pretty much fully clothed…..stupesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. if ya wanna take action fire d ppl….barely wasting tax payers money

  6. Mac10 November 14, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Interesting! Shoot a child & get a free pass to leave the country for an extended period to get medical treatment. Publish a story in a democratic country with alleged free press & you’re in court, on bail & surrendering your passport.

    This is a clear case of “shoot the messenger” & keep the reality covered over.

  7. Rebekah Alexander
    Rebekah Alexander November 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Wait, so three professional adults who should know better get $5k bail after possessing and publishing the picture in a major media publication, and the children who took the photo get $10k bail? I can’t see a lot that’s right about that. Ignorance and stupidity are less offensive and dangerous in adults than in children?

  8. Mose Tolly Moseley
    Mose Tolly Moseley November 14, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    somebody with power gotta be putting pressure on the police to push this….nobody can tell me any diff

  9. Julia Bailey-Smith
    Julia Bailey-Smith November 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Will arresting the 3 reporters stop the school people from having sex in school. Address that.issue and stop trying to shoot the messengers.

    • Darkchild Luvless
      Darkchild Luvless November 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Breaking the law is BREAKING THE LAW ! You cannot half break it! When a man gets caught with a half of a spliff he is charged for marijuana and not half of a spliff (although he is doing no one else harm but himself). There are multiple laws against children sexualty so I say to u the “messenger” was sending the wrong message and should be held accountable like anyone else who has broken the law.

  10. Heidi Alleyne
    Heidi Alleyne November 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Wonder which page this will appear in the Nation? Hmm? Front or back page?

  11. Julia Whitehall
    Julia Whitehall November 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Yes the people of the nation news paper are now in trouble. I would hope that siad video is reported to facebook and i would hope that people would stop distributing videos of school children on facebook and bb etc in the name of balance because we can’t be suing papers and underage children when big adults are out there sharing these things like it is nothing.

  12. Kennyatta Chery
    Kennyatta Chery November 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Julia Bailey Smith how do you address children having sex in class? Pray tell! The newspaper fail in their responsibility to uphold the moral fabric of the public.

  13. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke November 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Kennyatta chery the nation didn’t fail in there responsibility to uphold the moral fabric of society we as a people does try to hide and cover problems that are happening in society and condone others! This was a problem fot years and it has finally been brought out in the public domain to show that we as a nation is in a state if decline spiritually morally and economically

  14. Sweeney Antonio
    Sweeney Antonio November 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Let us not forget the printing and distribution of kiddies porn is illegal and punishable by the laws of Barbados and any other civilize countries.

  15. Glyne Griffith November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    When the threshold for the prosecutable is such that freedom of the press begins to be thus challenged we have to seriously start to ask how democratic is our democratic society?

  16. Chelsea Octivia Osbourne
    Chelsea Octivia Osbourne November 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I think this is a bit ridiculous though……. No faces were seen, and I could not tell what they were doing… People behaving like this is something new…. I tired of people getting on like everybody in Bim, now get off the boat and ain’t had a chance to do anything wrong…. The Nation did its job, in reporting the news…. The police have better things to do, like sort out the case of The Masturbating Cop

  17. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke November 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    when it comes to certain. people and situations in this country some of us does be quick to say the law says this and the law says that only wanting to apply it when it not relevant to us! we does be quick to condem the nation for printing articles on the basis of selling papers but would be slow to condem the goverment for the poor mamagement of the country and it’s finance leaving the furture of barbados in serious doubt!!

  18. CK HD
    CK HD November 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    The nation publications could have dealt with the situation differently. The information they collected could have been carried to the police and or child care board and ministry of education for an internal investigation. Lest not forget these are all minors involved in school uniforms at a government institution. The insatiable thirst for sensationalism and rapid newspaper sales should never have been given precedence over the reprimand and bringing back on track of these minors..the picture published in itself wasn’t to bad but the graphic detailed description the writer sought to use was totally wrong…for always there will be consequences for our actions.

  19. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf November 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    This 9 day country. Cheupse.

  20. Michael Browne
    Michael Browne November 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    So is it wrong for the The Nation Barbados to carry this story ,they were quick to publish the two school boys being charge for the video .How about reporting how your own has been charge too.

  21. Belle Lisle
    Belle Lisle November 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm


  22. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha November 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    excactly julia …why does every issue regarding these kids be deflated or the responsibility deflated onto someone else….i mean come on check the back of the busstand on evenings blatant pda by the same minors…..get a grip ppl…dese kids carrying it a bit too far nowadays and unfortunately they dont have one ounce of remorse…u see it in their faces

  23. Damian Clarke
    Damian Clarke November 14, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    the nation has it up om their website so off of them and come again!!

  24. Muda Hunte
    Muda Hunte November 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Boy, who d dog like he does lick and who he don’t like ….I don’t know Vivian but she appears to be a respectable individual.

  25. Julia Bailey-Smith
    Julia Bailey-Smith November 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    After we done arrest n charge n sue everybody. These people will have sex tomorrow n the day after cause they are just laughing at us.

  26. Charmaine Stuart
    Charmaine Stuart November 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Wow … I am shocked by some of these comments!!! This is not abt stopping kids from having sex at school but I am sure many of them will think twice before they pull out their mobile devices to record any similar actions. This is abt irresponsibilty, indiscretion, recklessness, indifference and insensitivty on Nation Newspaper’s part. This case will no doubt serve as a yardstick for all media house in Barbados.

  27. Karen Johnson
    Karen Johnson November 14, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I am glad this story was told. My only regret was the graphic way it was written. We need to stop sweeping these issues under the carpet. what is the difference between this and watching little boys being encouraged to wine on grown women kadoment day?

  28. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock November 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    The ones that posted it are also punish here the law is the law

  29. media dynamiKs
    media dynamiKs November 15, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Mose Tolly Moseley: Yours is a very simplistic view…

  30. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway November 15, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Education education

  31. Mechelle Jarvis
    Mechelle Jarvis November 15, 2013 at 7:04 am


  32. Darkchild Luvless
    Darkchild Luvless November 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

    All these people talking iggrunce bout the Nation was right to publish that photo are plain and simple NOUNS. These are children we are talking about. The only way to stop child indulging in this kind of behavior is to have the genatilia removed fullstop. Schools all over the world have the same problem if not at school after or before it happens so stop fooling wanna self! I am not condoning it but it happens #realtalk lets see how ya all feel if wanna children or family (minors) end up on the front page making out! Smh that photo was and exerpt from the original Barbados too small for people not to know who those CHILDREN were smh and the law is the law and two wrongs does not make a right!


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