Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2022. 6:49 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: In addition to Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Tropical Vision Limited (Channel 7 News) was threatened with a lawsuit for airing defamatory statements made by Barrow on Jules Vasquez’ “Uncut” program Wednesday night.
At the top of Monday night’s newscast, the station apologized as follows: “On Wednesday 30th March 2022, during the live airing of Channel 7’s Uncut, the guest, Shyne Barrow, Leader of the Opposition, stated that the Prime Minister of Belize, John Briceño, was associated with a cartel. The host of that program, Jules Vasquez as well as Channel 7News, wish for all its viewers in Belize and abroad to know that they regard those statements as untrue and without any factual basis whatsoever. Mr. Vasquez emphatically denied the allegations during the live broadcast of the show. We sincerely regret that those untrue statements were made on Channel 7 and any hurt and distress it may have caused Prime Minister Briceño and his family. We unreservedly apologize to Prime Minister Briceño and his family, retract those offensive statements in their entirety and undertake not to have them repeated either on Channel 7 or any of its digital and social media platforms. It is our genuine hope that this apology and retraction will repair any injury or emotional distress suffered by the Prime Minister as a result of the broadcast.”
Barrow has not commented publicly and it is not known whether he will pursue a similar apology and compensation or fight the case in court.
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