On notice

Appeal filed in Nation matter

COURT TODAY BLOCKThe Commissioner of Police is appealing the recent decision of former acting Magistrate Alliston Seale to dismiss a case brought against three employees of the Nation Publishing Company over the 2013 publication of an indecent photograph of two secondary school children.

Notice of appeal papers have already been filed.

On July 2, Seale handed down the decision in the case which sparked much public interest, from the time of publication of the controversial Sun on Saturday article and photo which led to the police bringing charges against the trio.

Not guilty pleas were entered by Publisher, Vivian-Anne Lenora Gittens, 63, of #11 Kent, Christ Church, Editor-in-Chief Roy Ricardo Morris, 53, of #118 Warrens Park South, St Michael and senior journalist, Sanka Louis Price, from the Corner of Derriston & Grazettes Main Road, St Michael.

Nation Publishing Co. Ltd. CEO and publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens (left) Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris (centre) and Editor Sanka Price (right)                                                     at a previous court appearance.
Nation Publishing Co. Ltd. CEO and publisher Vivian-Anne Gittens (left) Editor-in-Chief Roy Morris (centre) and Editor Sanka Price (right) at a previous court appearance.

They were specifically charged with publishing an indecent photograph of two teens under the age of 18, while being employees of the Nation. The students who allegedly took the initial video which was posted on the social media site, Facebook, were also charged.   

Many Barbadians felt at the time that the publication of the article and photograph was in poor taste while others felt it was merely a reflection of what was happening within the society.

In dismissing the case, Seale stated that, in his view, the charge should have been brought against the Nation Publishing Company, instead of the three individuals, since the corporate body had shown the picture in question.

Seale also said the only person who might have been liable would have been Price since, according to the evidence given by the principal of the secondary school which the two teens were attending, Price had shown him an email of the children in the act.

However, he noted no charge had been brought to that effect.

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