Workers Voice withdraws from Media Council
The Workers Voice has withdrawn from the Media Council of Bermuda, the organisation announced today.
The decision came after the newsletter refused to correct “an inaccurate statement” about KFC, as ordered by the Council.
Said Council members in a press release issued this afternoon: “We were informed about the decision in a letter from its publishers, the Bermuda Industrial Union.
“This was in response to a letter from us to the BIU, reminding the Workers Voice of its obligation to publish a ruling by the Media Council.
“In June 2012 the Media Council had ruled against the BIU and stipulated that the Workers Voice publish the following correction: ‘In our January 30, 2012 issue we published an article by Mr Alvin Williams which stated that KFC made a recent attempt to decertify the union. That statement was inaccurate’.”
The correction has never been published, the release stated.
“We informed the BIU in our recent letter that failure to publish would force us to impose a sanction but the BIU has pre-empted any action we might have taken.
“We regret the decision of the Workers Voice to withdraw, not least because we put a lot of effort into making the Media Council enterprise as inclusive as possible. Almost every media outlet on the island is involved, covering print, broadcast and web.”