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Volume 9 Number 3
orfThe WSk EndtTna AuustK th 1913
'9t Year of PL blcation -- - - 254th Issue
NEW NEWSPAPER IN GRENADA
A new.,indpendent newspaper went on sale in Grenada on June
12t. ,PUlished by- a- private Company, Spice Island'
Printers Ltd, the 16 .page paper was~-produced on a duplicatdQ'
and is called "The Grenadian Voice."..
There has been no independent newspaper in the State since
October 1979 when the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG)
closed the "'Torchlight" newspaper owned by Grenada
Publishers Ltd. At thatitime, the PRG accused ,"Torchlight
of telling "vicious lies" and.'of attempting to "stir up-the
maximum amount of confusion sand unrest in the country."
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop said then his Government would
not allow the newspaper business to be considered as being
"another area of possible investment" "If a business
wishes :tq invest to se J1l flour, rice, cars cr insurance," he
said, "that s- proper investment, -but don't tryitd sell news."
In accordance with PRG policy, the Newspaper (Amendment) Law
was passed in October 1979 soon after "Torchlight" was
closed. Under that law, no Grenadian may hold more that
4 of, the paid up capital of a Company which is the
proprietox,,printer or publisher of a newspaper.. Also,
aliens are debarred fxom holding shares in such a Company.
Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
O' Box B i6, St.Geor es, Grenada,, Westindie's
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
A statement in "The Grenadian Voice" sayeS\eag and-al othxe
provisions of the law have been complied with. It says there are
more .than 25-sharehoeAers *.n--Spice :Island Wrir.er Lt. and no,
share qIdeCr holds more than t prescribed 45 of the 4**; p-
capital. .Further, it sams..the Company's Memoriadui0 of. Articles
filed with the Registrar .f ite Supreme :Court stipulates that no
foreigner, foreign Company or partnership may .hold3 shares in the
In a fxeot page editorial, "The Grenadian Voice" -says .the.-PRG has.
frequently stated that -"freedom"- i--what- the revolution is all
about, and it referred to the -State owned atnd controlled Radio
Free Grenada, Grenada Free;Television- and the WtFree West Indifan"
newspaper.: If the term freee" applied to the'Staie owned media
is to mean anything, the paper says, then it is important that
Government shows that freedom is for all the people and not only
for certain sections.
"We wish to state catagorically that wethave neither the wish nor
the intent to sponsor, motivate orsiapport counter-revolution in
any form",,the;Editorial says. "We reject the perpetuation of
the idea of the use of force as a means of changing Government,
and look to the PRG to keep its promise of 'early, free and fair
The paper rejects any *potential charge of destabilization". It
does not see. that publication of a free and independent newspaper,
nor 'eventhe criticising of Government', as acts'of
destabilisation. "In fact",the Editorial says, we hold firmly
to the opinion that a country which does not boast a free press is
"We have no axe to grind", the paper says, "except the axe of the
people who want a medium of free expression; of the people who
want unity, ,peace and progress in our country; of the people who
want to be free to enjoy the rights and privileges which, with
public support, were "demaided7 b"'fmem6ers'o6f "the PRG themselves in
the turbulent years of 1973/74; of the people who want to be able
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to participate, in a meaningful way, in the decision making pr'doess
in our country."
The newspaper carries articles on "The Law & You" (explaining the
Taxes Managemen't (Amendment) Law passed by the PRG, '"The Economy, a
Cause for Concern"t, and "Agriculture as a Priority". It also carries
interviews with the President of the Hotel Association and with
Government's Director of Tourism. There is also local, regional
and world news.
Subscribed-to the Editorial are the names of the 26 original
shareholders to the Company. They include shopkeepers, business
directors, a butcher, a banker, housewives, farmers, barristers, a
journalist, businessmen and a tradeunionist. The names are :-
Fitzroy Adams Alex Bain John St.Bernard
Denise Campbell Rawle A Charles Terrence Cromwell
Dennis Forrester Dudley Francis Norris Franker
Alister Hughes Leonard Hughes Stephen John
Ben Jones Benedict La Qua Charles McIntyre
William Minors Lloyd Noel David Otway
Dorothy Paterson C Eric Pierre Leslie Pierre
Hudson Scipio John Smith Muriel Spencer
Tillman Thomas Fred Toppin
PRG ADVISED TO ANALYSE POSITIONS & WORDS
The Grenada chamwhr of Commerce (GCC) and Grenada Hotel Association
(GHA) have advised the Peoples Revolutionary Government to analyse
its positions.andwords on international matters and act with
consideration for ,the, economic and political aimitiois o r~ rf =Iad1 ,
The PRG has been advised also to "abandon counter productive:
This advise is in a report on the state of the Tourist Industry
submitted to the PRG on January 26th last, and it includes an
analysis of influencing factors with recommendations,
GCC and GHA say there are extremely poor projections for Grenada's
Tourism this year and their joint concerns are amplified by the fact
that they see this industry as having the best potential for speedy
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growth with consequent employment.
"However", the Report says, "a look at the projections for 1981 shows
a significant decline. And the hotels' experience is that the
percentage of 'no shows' and non utilisation of allocations by tour
operators is increasing. People are not coming."
This 'critical decline' in Grenada's Tourism is not related to any
Caribbean-wide phenomena, GCC and GHA say, and the analysis in their
Report concentrates on factors specific to Grenada.
Repeat visitors to Grenada have declined by 65% and the decrease in
the Cruise Liner Trade is estimated to cost the island US$1.5
million, the Report says. The Yachting Industry which
contributes, at peak, the Report estimates, some US$4 million to the
economy, has declined 75% in day chartering. Winter bareboat
chartering is down by 15% and summer bareboat chartering by 45%.
The long-term charter business has been lost to St. Vincent, the
Report says, and the average number of yachts at one of the island's
largest marinas has declined by 80% from the 1979/80 average.
The Report says restaurants surveyed claim a decline of 42% on
average below last year's levels, tourist oriented shops report an
average 35% decline in sales, short term house rentals are down by
20% and ground-tour operators have a 33% loss of business below
The Report lists 6 countries, headed by the United States of
America, which provide the most Tourism for the Caribbean, and says
it would be 'acting outside of good sense if Grenada decided to
look to other areas to promote Tourism development.
"On the basis of these facts", the Report says, "the people and
their representative Governments inu our market canxt be separated,
a rhetorical attack on such Government is taken by the piopl
an attack on the nation. People will not often spend
discretionary income on their enemies."
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The Report is critical, too, of the 'blood and gore photographs'
in the Government owned 'Free West Indian' newspaper and the
'inflammatory prose' of writers in that publication and of
announcers on the Government owned 'Radio Free Grenada'.
"Tourists are not particularly inclined to areas which abound with
'rebels, counter-revolutionaries, mercenaries etc' or where threats
of invasion and acts of political violence seem commonplace", the
Report says. "We cannot complain of adverse publicity and bad
press overseas when our own media do more damage to the Industry
than any other."
The content of the PRG's international speeches, the conduct of its
foreign relations, the voting pattern in the United Nations and the
dependence on Cuba have convinced the world that Grenada is not an
unaligned nation, the Report says. The PRG has demonstrated
alignment with countries which provide nothing to Caribbean Tourism
and against countries which do, the Report says, and so Grenada
cannot expect to be attractive to people the PRG calls 'enemy'.
Offering several other recommendations and criticisms, GCC and GHA
say they anticipate that the PRG will shape its policies towards
satisfaction of the economic needs of the majority of Grenadians,
and that "we may, in concert, build an industry and an economy
sensitive to Grenadian priorities and yielding jobs and dollarqji_
quantities sufficient to meet our requirements within this decade
SUCCESSFUL TOURIST PROMOTION IN VENEZUELA
A Tourist Board delegation returning from Venezuela early in
June, expressed optimism that the number of visitors from that
country could be increased greatly during the coming Winter Season.
Mr Richard Sherman, an official of the Ministry of Tourism and a
member of the delegation, described the visit to Venezuela as
successful and said Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Airlines had
been brought up to date on the construction of the international
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airport at Point Saline,
"We have laid the groundwork", Mr Sherman said. "Naturally, you will
need more promotions in Venezuela on a regular basis, but the Airlines
we spoke to, like Viasa, Aeropostal, Avensa, Aero de Venezuela and
several other wholesalers and tour operators, they indicated that our
visit was timely and that there is definitely a market in Venezuela
Mr Sherman was confident that, by the coming Winter Season, there
should be an increase in visitors from Venezuela.
BELFON:- ."MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDE NEEDED"
Miss Jane Belfon, Grenada's Tourism Director, said in an interview
in June that, generally, the Caribbean is suffering from a decline
in both stay-over and cruise line visitors.
"People are still travelling", she said, "but they tend to concentrate
on areas closer home and where they do not have to spend additional
funds to get to."
For instance, she said, the Bahamas have suffered a drop in visitor
statistics but not as severe a drop as that being experienced in the
Miss Belfon said only three Caribbean destinations have shown slight
increases in their tourist arrivals and these are the Cayman Islands,
St.Kitts and St.Vincent. In the case of St.Vincent, she said,
the increase is due, definitely, to the introduction of night landing
facilities at Arnos Vale Airport.
In St.Kitts, that island has undertaken a vigorous marketing of its
International Airport and this is paying off with BWIA now having a
scheduled stop at the island. The increase in the Cayman Islands
reflects the wish of North Americans to spend their vacations at a
destination nearer home to which it is less expensive to travel.
Referring to the negative and hostile press which has been directed
against Grenada by some sections of the media, the Tourism Director
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said there had been a marked decline in the number of attacks on the
island, but a recent TV "special" by the Colombia Broadcasting
System (CBS) had harmed Grenada's Tourist Imdustry.
"Such deliberate misrepresentation of Grenada does not represent
integrity of the press", she said, "and I hope that, now that the
print media is showing a more positive attitude towards the island,
other sections of the media will adopt a similar attitude."
Speaking of the future of Tourism, Miss Belfon said the signs are
good because, for the first time, there is increasing co-operation
between the private sector in Tourism and Government.
"I am very optimistic about the future", she said, "but I think it
is going to take time and a lot of hard work to create a viable
Tourist Industry here."
The world,situation today discourages hopes for early recovery of
the Tourist Industry, but the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA) is
optimistic that steps now being taken will put the Industry on its
This view was expressed by Mr Royston Hopkin, President of GHA, in
an interview in June, and Mr Hopkin thought that, by the 1982/83
Tourist Winter Season, signs of recovery will be obvious.
"For the first time in our history", the GHA President said, "the
Government of Grenada has recognized that Tourism has to be
approached and run as a business, and that means injecting dollars
into it if it is to make money."
In the 1981 Budget, Mr Hopkin said, the Peoples Revolutionary
Government (PRG) has allocated nearly 3 million dollars for
Tourism, and this represents an increase of more than 400% over last
year's figure. Promotional activity will absorb a large share of
this allocation and as much as 30% of it is being spent on counter-
acting the negative and hostile press which has damaged the island's
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Mr Hopkin pointed out, however, that the island's faltering Tourist
Trade is being affected by much more then the distortion it has -
suffered in some sections of the media. Recession in North
America and Europe is having serious adverse effects on all tourist
destinations in the Caribbean and Grenada is not alone in experienC.-
ing a down-turn in visitor arrivals.
"With the exception of one or two destinations, there has been an
overall drop in hotel occupancy in the Caribbean", he said, "and
some 80% of the islands have experienced between a 5% and 20% drop
in tourist business."
In the case of Grenada, he pointed out, this is particularly serious
because the island, has never enjoyed an overall annual hotel
occupancy rate of more than 30%, so that the present severe drop in
occupancy is "disastrous-" for Grenadian hoteliers who now face
"No hotel is making money now", Mr Hopkin said, "and the situation
is so bad that some hotels can't pay even the interest they owe the
Banks. But, the Banks cannot foreclose. The hotels owe so
much money that the only hope the Banks have of collecting it is
to carry the hotels and wait for improved conditions."
These improved conditions will come, the GHA President said, with
the'better flight arrangements the International Airport at Point
Saline will make possible. For instance, he said, with night
landing facilities, visitors will not be forced to overnight in
Barbados on their way to Grenada, He felt that, not only will
this encourage more vacationers to the "Isle of Spice", but
Grenadian hoteliers will no longer lose the overnighting revenue
which now goes to Barbados.
Another factor which will improve conditions, Mr Hopkin said, is the
Bi-Lateral Agreement the PRG has signed with Viasa, Venezuela's
National Airline. According to Mr Hopkin, when the first phase of
the Point Saline Airport is completed, it is expected that Viasa will
have a regular schedule into Grenada, opening up "tremendous
possibilities" for developing visitor traffic from Venezuela.
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"The Venezuelan market is a very expensive market to promote in",
Mr Hopkin said, "but it is right at our door-step and, if we have
the Venezuelan Government taking the initiative and instituting a
schedule for their National Airline into Grenada, it will not only
open up the Venezuelan market, but will give us another gateway
Mr Hopkin said, at the present time, most European visitors must
fly from London and use Barbados as a "gateway", connecting with
LIAT to get to Grenada. However, the German National Airline,
Lufthansa, flies out of Europe to Caracas, he said, and "we are
enthused that this will open up a market where people can get to
Caracas on Lufthansa and, with Viasa, connect into Grenada on the
The GHA President said the relationship between his Association and
the PRG is excellent and, from his experience with working with the
Ministry of Tourism, he is convinced the new planned approach to
the Tourist Industry will prove of benefit to the island.
"We cannot predict what further adverse effects inflation and
recession will bring us", he said, "but I am confident that, even
though we have to struggle through this coming Winter Season with a
continuing low hotel occupancy rate, the Winter Season of next year
will bring marked improvements."
CLARKSON: CLEAN UP YOUR ACT
Commissioner of Police James Clarkson has called on Taxi Drivers
and vendors to make a serious effort to 'clean up their act' and
project a better image for the betterment of Grenada and the
In a broadcast over Radio Free Grenada on June 1st, Mr Clarkson
said he has had numerous complaints from Grenadians and from
tourists about the behaviour of vendors who cater to visitors. He
has received complaints also from captains of Cruise Liners about
youngsters diving too close to the ship's propellers, about
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visitors being harassed and robbed, and about some taxi drivers
whose behaviour "conveys the worst possible impression of" Grenada.
Today", he said, "things have reached the stage where certain
cruise ships have decided to boycott Grenada as a result of this
Mr Clarkson said that, with immediate effect, all regulations
relating to St Georges harbour will be enforced strictly and the
Police will be particularly vigilant to ensure that bathers are not
harassed by vendors and beach-boys. The Commissioner also had
a warning on what he called "an even more critical note."
"We have the issue of the coin divers", he said, "and I want to take
this opportunity to issue this warning to all such divers that, as
from tomorrow, anyone found diving around any cruise ship will be
Mr Clarkson said the Tourist Industry is a livelihod for many people
and benefits all Grenadians, and it is the duty and in the interest
of those people in the industry to protect it.
"It is, therefore, in the interest of our people and our revolution
to adopt every possible measure so as to guarantee the protection
of our Tourist Industry", he said. "This task is our duty to the
people and the revolution and one we shall never fail in
INTEREST RATES UP
At their periodic meeting on June 12th with officials of the
Ministry of Finance, Managers of commercial banks operating in
Grenada were expected to raise the matter of the Money Lending
Ordinance (Amendment) Law, Peoples Law number 15/1981, which was
passed on May 29th.
Until that date, it was not permitted to lend money at a rate of
interest exceeding 122% per annum. The new law allows a
maximum rate of 172% per annum except on loans relative to
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"manufacturing processing or agricultural processes, including the
processing of agricultural products in any agro-industrial
enterprise (including the Fisheries Indnstry) or any work related
On loans made in connection with these stated projects, the interest
rate is restricted to 12i% per annum.
An informed source told NEWSLETTER that this law and its
implications were not discussed with the Commercial Banks by the
Peoples Revolutionary GovernmenP before it was passed, and it is
likely that some clarification will be sought by the Commercial
CARD IN LYBIA
Minister of Finance Bernard Coard, leading an 8-man delegation to
the Middle East, held talks early in June with officials in Lybia.
This was the delegation's third and last stop in a three nation
Middle East tour, official visits having already been made to Iraq
and Syria where talks were held on the economic and political
situation in Grenada.
The Grenada delegation began its tour of the Middle East following
the recent meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World
Bank in Gabon, Africa.
Included in the delegation were Grenada's Ambassador to the
Organisation of American States, Miss Dessima Williams, and
Grenada's Ambassador to Syria and Lybia, Mr Mario Bullen.
U.N. ENERGY TEAM IN GRENADA
A two-man United Nations team paid a visit to Grenada on June 12th
to discuss with the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) the
conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy which is to be
held in the Kenyatta Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, from 10th
to 21st August. continued
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The team comprised Mr Don Mills, former Jamaican Ambassador to the
United Nations, and Mr Bernard Gibbs, a Geo-technologist with special
interest in new and renewable sources of energy.
Mr Mills said at a press conference that, three years ago, the U.N.
took a decision that, in view of the world's dependence on fossil
fuels for energy, and the crisis caused by the dwindling supplies
of such fuels, and their increasing costs, there should be a
conference at which all countries should be represented to focus on
The Nateobi conference is the outcome of this decision, Mr Mills
said, and the aim is to find means of making the world less
dependent on fossil fuels (oil, coal, gas etc) by finding "new and
renewable sources of energy".
"The purpose of our mission", Mr Mills said, "is to speak to
Caribbean Governments and try to ensure that they recognize the
particular significance of this issue and of the conference, and to
urge them to attend, if possible at the level of a Minister,"
Mr Mills said the team had had a very good reception in Grenada and,
while the PRG had given no commitment on its attendance, he felt
sure Grenada would be represented at the conference.
Mr Unison Whiteman, Minister of Agriculture, on June 1st formally
declared June 1981 to be "Nutrition Month" and noted that this
move was in keeping with the objectives which the Peoples
Revolutionary Government (PRG) has set for 1981, officially "The
Year of Agriculture and Agro-Industries."
"This month seeks to underline the PRG's objectives in this the
year of agriculture and agro-industries", he said, "to raise
standards of living and to develop agriculture through land reform,
bring idle lands under cultivation and, of course, to develop agro-
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Mr Whiteman said the theme of the month is "good nutrition for a
strong nation", and said a country that can feed its people is well
on the way to progress.
Nutrition month is another in a series of ventures being undertaken
by the Grenada Food & Nutrition Council aimed at bringing a greater
awareness of nutrition to Grenadians.
N O T B. T.O SUBS CR I BERS i
[ The Producerss. and.Printers of:NEWSLETTER apologise-foro_-i
the lateness of this issue, which lateness was causaedbyr1
circumstances beyond their control.
The stencils bearing the copy in this issue were nearly
Ii ready for production of an issue for the week ending
IjJune 13th last when there occurred an event which stopped
[.any further action being taken to get the issue out to
I you. .
I. On June 19th, the Peoples Revolutionary Government passe
j] the Newspaper (Publications) Law 1981, Peoples Law
F 18/1981 (see page 14) which says :-
"Save as is permitted by this Law no newspaper or
S other paper, pamphlet or publication containing
any public news, intelligence or report of any
occurance or any remarks or observations thereon
iQ or upon any political matter, published for sale
ni distribution or other purpose, shall be produced,
S printed, published or distributed in Grenada
S during the period in which this Law shall have _
fi effect." _
SThe law states that it is "deemed to have come into
effect on the 16th of June 1981 and shall remain in .
f effect for a period of one year from that date", and, irnf
view of this, it was clearly necessary to find out
Whether this legislation has any effect on publicationQ
of THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER. I
,- The matter was taken up with the Attorney General's
i office and we are pleased to say that, under date of .
F July 2nd, we were advised as follows :-
S"Concerning your letter of 29th June 1981 with
S reference to the legal effect of Peoples Law
No. 18 of 1981 on the continued publication of
your GRENADA NEWSLETTER; on the facts outlined ]
(I in your letter, the GRENADA NEWSLETTER would I
have been "continuously in existence since the
29th of October 1979" as defined in the above
S- continued -
k''^iriii'j^ i .C i' i i i i^ i;"'.::! !^ !^..^i l~ : ] C i^*T
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S law, as the date of the actual publication of the f
S Supplement would have been 4th March 1981.
Your continued publication of the NEWSLETTER would
therefore not be'in contrave tion-of the Newspaper
ii (Publications) Law 1981."
A s a further precaution, on July 28th, we advised General
r*Hudson Austin, Secretary in the Ministry of Defence &
Interior, of the clearance given by the Attorney General's
,'office, "in order to avoid any misunderstanding with the
*iSecurity Forces or any other forces appointed to enforce
:observance of this law". 4
,i"At this date, two news stories in this issue need up-dating to0,
jlbring them into context. They are "New Newspaper In
-"Grenada" on page one and "Interest Rates Up" on page 10.
2This up-dating is accomplished in the : relevant stories
'following from pages 15 to 20.
PEOPLES LAW NO.18 OF 1981
(Gazetted 19th June, 1981)
1. This Law may be cited as the
NEWSPAPER (Publications) Law 1981
2. In this Law :
"Newspaper" has the same meaning as in the Newspapers
Ordinance Chapter 197
3. Save as is permitted by this Law no newspaper or other
paper, pamphlet or publication containing any public
news, intelligence or report of any occurance or any
remarks or observations thereon or upon any political
matter, published for sale distribution or other purpose,
shall be produced, printed, published or distributed in
Grenada dLring the period in which this law shall have
4. (1) This Law shall not apply to any newspaper presently
being published and which has been continuously in
existence'since the 29th of October 1979.
(2) For the purpose of thds section "continuously in
existence since the 29th of October 1979" means having
Seen regularly published at intervals not exceeding 100
days since that date.
S5. Every person who, either by himself or with other persons,
produces, prints, publishes or distributes or causes to
be produced, printed, published or distributed, or
participates in any body corporate or unincorporated which
produces, prints, publishes or distributes any newspaper
or other publication in contravention of this Law shall
be guilty of an offence against this Law and shall on
S summary conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding ten
S thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment not
exceeding three years or both such fine and imprisonment.
6. (1) Any member of the Peoples Revolutionary Army or of the
S Grenada Police Service may arrest without warrant any
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person whom he suspects.-~of'- cow~itting, having
committed or being about to commit an offence
under this Law. :
(2) For the purpose of arresting a person under
this section a,member of the Peoples Revolutionary
Army or of the Grenada Police Service may enter
and search.any premises or other place where that
person is suspected of being.
(3) Amember of the Peoples Revolutionary, Army or
the Grenada Police Service may seize any equipment
or property which: he suspects is being or has been
or is intended to be used in the commission of an
offence under this Law. .
7. When a person is convicted of an offence under
this Law the Court shall, in addition to any other
penalty it may impose 'under this'Law, order that
all equipment or other property owned, possessed
or used by that person for the purpose"of or in
the course of the commission of an offence under
this Law be forfeited" o the State.
8. (1) This Law shall be deemed to have come into
effect on the 16th of June 1981 and shall remain
iin effect for a period of one year from that date.
(2) Any acts performed or steps taken by any member
of the People's Revolutionary Army or the Grenada
Police Service between the date this Law is deemed
to take effect and' the date of its' publication in
the official Gazette, for the purpose of preventing
the production, printing, publication or
distribution of any newspaper which would have been
prohibited by this Law shall be deemed to have been
'lawfully 'done or performed and shall not be called
into question by any Court of Law or otherwise.
S(3) Not withstanding the provisions of subsection (2)1
of this section no one shall be convicted by any
Court for any contravention of the provisions of this
Law if -such contravention occurred prior to the date
of publication in the official Gazette.
Dated this 19th day of June 1981
__ _Prime Minister
"VOICB" ISSUE SEIZED: ARRESTS MADE
Two brothers, a businessman and a tradeunionist, were arrested in
the early hours of June 19th by the Security Forces and taken to
Fort Rupert, headquarters of the Peoples" Revolutionary Army, for
questioning 'on suspicion of being'involved in prii'ting subversive
The brothers are Leslie Pierre, .a businessman, and Eric Pierre-
Secretary of the Grenada Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union. Also
arrested and taken to Fort Rupert was Joan Spencer, a school teacher.
At that time also, four cars were seized by the Security Forces.
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Revolutionary Government (PRG) announced that no more newspapers are
to be published until after a media policy was issued to give
guidelines which would prevent counter-revolutionary newspapers frpm
NJM said also that the 26 shareholders in the Company which owns
"The Grenadian Voice" (the shareholders published their names in the
paper's first issue) are "big exploiters who are claiming that their
voice is the voice of the Grenadian people".
Naming one of the shareholders, a businessman, NJM accused him of
"exploiting both workers and the public for years", and another,
also named, was accused of "forcing women workers to sleep with him".
Referring to other "corrupt types" among the shareholders, NJM named
another and said "the Police have been after (him) for the longest
time for receiving stolen goods".
NJM connects the publication with the United States Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA). Four weeks ago, the NJM pamphlet said,
an official of the U.S, State Department "let it slip out to a
member of our Government that 'a newspaper will be published in
Grenada soon' ".
"Two weeks ago", NJM says, "the American CIA Chief of STation from
the Embassy in Barbados caae to Grenada and told various people the
same thing. He also met with several of those 26 owners of the
NJM says there are some people who, from the days of deposed Prime
Minister Gairy, held key posts in the public service and these people
were not victimised but were given a chance to work for the
"Some of these people have been coming 6ut more and more boldly
against the revolution in recent weeks", NJM says. "They also had
better learn quickly that they must respect the revolution."
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After giving statements to the Police, the three persons were
released later that day.
The incident began at 15 minutes after midnight when a group of
7 persons (of which NEWSLETTER's Editor, Alister Hughes, was one)
was leaving the business premises of Leslie Pierre after printing
the second edition of "the Grenadian Voice", a newspaper which
made its first appearance on June 13th.
Some 30 men of the Security forces were involved. The cars of
the two Pierre men were locked and, when they refused to open
them unless they were told the purpose of the search, they were
arrested and taken away. Fifteen minutes later, some Security
men a-rrived, unlocked the cars and drove them away. A few
minutes later, other Security men arrived, opened the door of
Leslie Pierre's business place and entered.
The Security men removed from the building duplicating machines,
typewriters, paper and other items, all of which were loaded into
vehicles and taken away.
Hughes' car and that of Joan Spencer were unlocked and both she
and Hughes gave up the keys of their cars as requested.
Hughes' car was searched over his protest that there was no
warrant, and from it were taken a quantity of copies of "The
Grenadian Voice", a dictionary, a small plastic plate for
transferring designs to duplicating stencils, a case with styluses
and a sponge and roller for wetting stamps. A cassette tape
also was taken from his portable radio/recorder, and his wife's
handbag was searched.
Spencer's car was not searched. She was arrested and taken away
and her car and Hughes' were driven away by the Security Forces.
On the day before, there was indication that there might be
problems-relative to this issue of "The Grenadian Voice". A
pamphlet printedd* by the Government owned "Free West Indian"
newspaper and published by the ruling New Jewel Movement (NJM)
said "after the last attempt to publish a newspaper, the Peoples
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BISHOP: "VOICE". S ILLEGAL
The Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) has passed a new law
-banning the printing of newspapers in Grenada for the next year,
during which time the PRG will formulate and publish a "media
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop disclosed this in his "Heroes Day"
address at a rally at Queens Park on June 19th in which he
devoted some time to what he called "the Committee of 26", the 26
persons who published the independent newspaper, "The Grenadian
Voice" on June 13th and were stopped from bringing out the second
issue on June 19th.
"This afternoon, Comrades," he said, "we have passed another law
to keep them happy. Under this law, it is again made clear,
this time in the kind of form that they like, that no newspaper
is to be printed for the period of the next year nntil the media
policy is formulated."
Bishop said "The Grenadian Voice" newspaper is illegal for five
reasons, the first being that the wrong procedure was used in
creating the Company which owns the paper. The second reason
is that when the PRG closed the "Torchlight" newspaper (in
October. 1979), the Commander of the revolution "warned these
elements that they must not put out a newspaper again until
The.third reason is that, when the PRG stopped publication of the
RonbM Catholic Church Newspaper, "Catholic Focus", printed by the
"Torchlight" Company), "we warned them then that they must not
put out any more paper, trying to use illegal means under the
Newspaper Act". Concerning the fourth reason, the Priae
Minister said, "we have warned them on several occasions that
they have to wait until a media code, a media policy, a newspaper
policy is formulated and published before they can bring out any
"And the fifth and most important reason of all", he said, "this
is a revolution, we live in a revolutionary society, these are
revolutionary conditions and there is revolutionary legality and
they will have to abide by the laws of the revolution."
NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICE ISSUES STATEMENT
The office of the Secretary for National Security issued a
statement on June 19th accusing the 26 owners of the banned
newspaper, "The Grenadian .Voice",f being responsible for the
issue of "five counter-revolutionary pamphlets during the past
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six months". The statement said some of the pamphlets called for
violence, including the violent overthrow of the Peoples
"The group of 26 is closely linked to the CIA", the statement said.
"During the past four weeks, two CIA senior officials from the U.S.
Embassy in Barbados have boasted that a newspaper would be coming out
soon, and the CIA Chief of Station and his deputy from the U.S.
Embassy in Barbados, by the names of Willis and Rossen, have met
frequently with leaders of this counter-revolutionary group during
the past 6 months."
The statement said publication of "The Grenadian Voice" was part of
an overall plan for the serious disruption of the Grenadian economy
which includes pressure by the U.S, Government on International and
regional agencies to deny funds to Grenada. This campaign is
supported by the "group of 26", the statement said, and some members
of the group are now in Barbados to issue damaging reports.
The Office of National Security said it wished to make it clear
that "this latest manifestation of counter revolutionary activity"
has nothing to do with freedom of the press. It said regional and
foreign newspapers circulate freely in Grenada, and 8 radio stations
and 2 television stations can also be heard and seen by Grenadians.
"The challenge facing the revolution today is that a group of
counter revolutionaries closely linked with the CIA have planned a
careful programme of destabilisation and increasing chaos in Grenada'
the statement said. "The revolution would not permit this. We
call on all our people to be on the alert for destabilisation and
sabotage, and to unite to defend their revolution and our country."
BISHOP ATTACKS REPORTERS
Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, in a "Heroes Day" address on June 19tho
dubbed as "hypocrites" the persons who had attempted to publish the
independent newspaper, "The Grenadian Voice", and said these persons
are pretending they are in a struggle for freedom of the press.
"We have to remember, "sisters and brothers", he said, "that when
they talk of a free press, they speak of a press in which their
ideas alone dominate, in which their exploitave positions alone have
Bishop invited his listeners to think of the "news reporters of that
exploitive class", and referred to Leslie Seon, reporter for
Associated Press, Barbados Rediffusion Service and other arms of the
media. The Prime Minister said that, last year, Seon had sent out
false news that Grenada was engaged in civil war. Mr Bishop said
the PRG had contacted a Barbados radio station and demanded an
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apology and correction but the PRG is "still waiting today to hear
about that apology and correction."
Bishop referred also to Alister Hughes, NEWSLETTER's Editor, reporter
for the Caribbean News Agency, Agence Frence Presse and other arms of
the media and described him as "a manwho has sunk lower and lower
over the years."
The Prime Minister said Hughes sent ott a news report that week
(see that report on page 3) pretending that he had been given a news
release "fresh off the press" by the Chamber of Commerce and Hotel
Association, "when in fact that news release was written up by the
Chamber and Hotel Association abput six months ago and was never
intended for release but was meant to be an internal document to be
circulated for discussion between themselves and Government."
"We think of Alister Hughes' constant reporting on the St Georges
Medical School", he said, "and the bias with which he reports on
that. We think of the fact that here is a man who prides himself
on being a professional journalist but you cant see him in the
rallys, you cant see him when the entiree for Popular Education has
a national event, you cant see him when the first cooperative
under the Land Reform Programme is being established, you cant see
him on the occasion when it is being announced that our people now
have free health care in our country, you cant see him when any
important national events are taking place because he says then that
he is too busy and what is taking place is not news worthy"
Following the rally on June 19th, Hughes, who is one of the 26
owners of "The Grenadian Voice", was 'serenaded' at his home in
St.Georges by some 60 young people jumping in the street with drums
outside the house and shouting, 'If you play with fire, fire will
To date, his telephone has not worked since the early hours of June
19th when Security Forces seived the issue of "The Grenadian Voice"
nor has his car, seized by the Security Forces on Jnne 19th been
returned. His home was under open surveillance by the Security
Forces from June 19th to August 3rd.
MONEY LENDING LAW REPEALED
Peoples Law No. 15/1981, the Money Lending (Amendment) Law 1981,
has been repealed by Peoples Law 19/1981, the Money Lending
Ordinance (Amendment) (Repeal) Law dated June 15th and gazetted
8 Au st 1981
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