The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party has rubbished allegations made by the Chief Executive Officer of the Observer Media Group Darren Derrick who claims that the government is utilizing state institutions to silence the Observer Media.
Published in an article in today’s edition of the Daily Observer headlined APUA ATTEMPTS TO SILENCE OBSERVER, Derrick states that the government’s legal claim for Observer Publications Limited and Observer Radio Limited to pay a total of EC $1, 198, 598.86 and EC $387,500.88 respectively to the Public Utilities Authority is one-sided describing it as nothing but an attack on the only independent media house in Antigua and Barbuda.
However, the government was appalled by the article. Telecommunications Minister Melford Nicholas while speaking during this week’s Cabinet Briefing held this morning dismissed the claims and called on the CEO to pay his debt.
Minister Nicholas said that if the organization has any proof of injustice on the part of the Utilities Company, they should present it to the court.
ZDK news understands that this issue between the Antigua Public Utilities Authority and the Observer Media Group dates back to 2004 under the Opposition United progressive Party.