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PM Harris to pursue legal action against regional online news publication



PM-Harris-547020384-2107Basseterre, St. Kitts, 20th October, 2017 ( - St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris rejected as false and malicious an article with photos that appeared in Caribbean News Now, an online news publication.


Appearing in the Thursday, 19th October, edition, the news story is headlined, ‘St. Kitts-Nevis PM now revealed to hold Dominica diplomatic passport’.

Included in the story were the alledged photo pages of diplomatic passports of Dominica, purported to belong to the Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas, and to St. Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris.


In a press release issued Friday, 20th October, by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Prime Minister Harris reportedly denies holding a diplomatic passport from Dominica or any other country, and the news story is described as baseless and inflammatory.


Further, the press release states, “The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis is disappointed that this shameless piece of inflammatory propaganda – which was initially circulated on social media by St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party supporters – would make its way into a publication professing to cover regional news based on journalistic merit, professionalism and media standards.”


The release states, in addition, that options for legal redress are being pursued.


“Dr. Harris and his legal counsel are exploring all necessary avenues to correct the record, protect his good name and ensure that all those involved in propagating this lie are held to account,” the press release informs.


Caribbean News Now has removed the offending story and replaced it with a new article, ‘Dominica diplomatic passports alleged to have been issued to St Kitts-Nevis government leaders’, in which only the photo of an alleged diplomatic passport of Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas is seen.

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