By Benjamin Flowers: LGBTQ+ advocacy groups are calling on the collective media in Belize to “reflect” on their appointment of Plus TV owner Louis Wade as the media representative on the People’s Constitution Commission.
Today, The United Belize Advocacy Movement, partners Belize Trans Colors and Empower Yourself Belize, issued a statement expressing “deep concern” about Wade’s appointment to the commission, and attacking the media for his appointment.
“Louis Wade nomination by the majority of eleven media organizations demonstrate the media complicity by omission, inaction, and indifference in supporting the anti-right history of Louis Wade who has shaped or influenced the tone of misogyny and homophobia for the last decade,” the groups said.
The groups listed a number of events Wade has been involved in to support their assertion, describing them as: the anti-right rally at battlefield park in 2011 in Belize City; the anti-right marches against the Gender Policy in 2013; the anti-right “Kill the Bill” campaign, a campaign that affected the rights of all Belizeans.
The groups further assert that Wade’s appointment undermines the mandate of the commission and calls on the media to, “reflect about Louis Wade anti-right history and our colonialist’s history that generated systems of oppression that affect us ALL to this day.”
Last week, the media met to choose from amongst their ranks a representative and an alternate, who would represent the free press on the Commission. Wade, along with Channel 7’s Daniel Ortiz, received the majority vote for representative and alternate respectively.
The Commission is charged with making recommendations to the Government of Belize regarding amendments that need to be made to the country’s constitution.