The Trinidad Newsday might consider itself the most brilliant publication in the nation’s history after several past and present employees including Chief Editor Therese Mills and founder Clevon Raphael were celebrated last week among the legends of Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence.
This excellence was arguably missing today—and not for the first time—when the Newsday appeared to totally misread a speech by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar during the Golden Jubilee Gala at the Diplomatic’s Centre in St Ann’s.
Persad-Bissessar urged Jamaican counterpart Portia Simpson-Miller to “take that next step from still being within the Westminster monarchy and create your own Republic of an independent Jamaica.”
The Newsday interpreted that to mean the PM wanted Jamaica to adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and not, as Persad-Bissessar stated explicitly, to finally become a republic nation after 50 years of independence.
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