For years, the Cayman Free Press
has been the subject of allegations about how we “cover up the news”.
Well, it seems those claims don’t
hold much water anymore – particularly in the view of some in the local
As the world economy has worsened,
we continue to receive a number of comments from individuals who apparently
feel that the job of the independent press in the Cayman Islands is to perform
as an ad-hoc public relations service.
They feel that the Cayman Free
Press, the Compass in particular, isn’t providing the services expected and is,
in effect, being “sensational” in reporting news about crimes that occur in
Strangely enough, we just wrote an
editorial about people who feel there isn’t enough democracy here considering
the recent exclusion of opposition party politicians and supporters from
hosting duties on the government-run radio station. We often field comments and
questions from people who wonder why the Cayman Islands’ press doesn’t do more
“investigative reporting”. We then field questions – sometimes from those same
individuals – about why we did a story when our investigative reporting rubs
these folks the wrong way. The public, it seems, is not speaking with one voice
when it comes to what it wants, expects, or needs from its free press.
And, folks, that is exactly as it
Only in a very different type of
government and society are members of the public allowed to have just one view
of their country’s situation, or one view of the press that reports daily on
It is the job of an independently-owned
press in any democratic society to fairly and accurately report the news of the
day. We press people are left to our own devices, then, to determine where we
place those news items; hence the words “free” and “independent”. We would ask
everyone to ponder these two questions: Do you believe those who wish the press
to ignore crime and social problems within the Cayman Islands truly want what
is best for the country? Wouldn’t they be better served to assist in righting
these matters, rather than hollering at the media to cover them up? Readers are
– as always – free to form their own opinions.