Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security told the media yesterday in Crooked Tree Village that major crimes in Belize are down by 33%.
However, according to news reports, there have been 45 murders in 2015 compared to 34 during the same period in 2014.
The Minister also lashed out at the media for reporting the murders and not the other crime statistics which show that his ministry is making progress.
Hon. Saldivar told the media in an interview and we quote: “We are working hard at the Ministry of National Security and at the Police Department to combat the rise in crime. I can tell you that even though on the news we sensationalize all the murders that have been taking place, I can tell you that since 2012 when I took over as the Minister of National Security, we have seen a thirty percent decrease in major crimes in this country, but that goes unnoticed because the media prefers to cover the murders and not the other crime statistics which show that we are making great progress. We continue to make great strides.”
When asked to explain the media’s role where reporting on murder and violence is concerned, Hon. Saldivar declined to comment.