Today’s Editorial for 16 March: Real news, real time

The Cayman Free Press received the
following comment from a reader on one of our stories posted at last week:  

“I would like to commend the
caycompass for delivering news of ongoing crime in the Islands. I…previously
depended on Cayman Net News for Islands information. To read that paper daily
is to believe that crime is not a problem, as stories usually go unreported.”

Believe it or not, we struggle
every day with issues surrounding not just how to responsibly cover crime, but
the time and space each crime-related story should be given. We are well aware
of the effect the sheer frequency of such reports can have in this “news-as-it
happens” modern world.

However, reading comments like the
one above make us believe that our decision to cover these crimes as fairly and
as accurately as humanly possible – on our website and our newspaper – is the
right one.

The Caymanian Compass, being the
Islands’ newspaper of record and the oldest media organisation here, is usually
criticised the loudest for “playing up” crime or “sensationalising”
crime-related issues to “sell newspapers”.

Forgive us, but we are tired of
hearing that same old message from people who believe it is easier to hide the
facts than deal with a grave and growing problem.

Certain people who are often heard
wondering why the police don’t “do something” about crime are the same ones we
read about in court stories allegedly interfering with witnesses or juries.

The same local leaders who decry
the crime situation apparently feel it is their God-given right to barge
unannounced and uninvited into a place of business – even though that right
would never be afforded to a member of the general public. 

People of the Cayman Islands, let’s
get real. We have a serious problem and it needs to be addressed NOW.

But that won’t ever happen if the
national newspaper buries its head in the Seven Mile Beach sand.