A day after House of Assembly Speaker Halson Moultrie’s lengthy tirade against the media in the House, Bahamas Press Club President Anthony Capron labelled Moultrie’s behavior shameful and reminded him that while he may very well not sit in the chair after the next general election, the media will still be here.
On Tuesday, Moultrie accused media in The Bahamas of engaging in “yellow journalism” and disregarding the rules of Parliament.
His remarks came less than a week after he ordered that a cellphone belonging to a reporter for The Nassau Guardian be seized and media content be deleted.
The reporter was taking photos to accompany a story about Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper who was giving a contribution on the floor of the House.
The Bahamas Press Club condemned Moultrie after that event.
It further criticized Moultrie yesterday.
Capron said the Bahamas Press Club “finds it disturbing that in as many days, the freedom of the Fourth Estate of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is being attacked” by Moultrie.
“The depth to which the speaker has drawn the speakership of the House of Assembly is shameful, in his labeling the reports in the credible newspapers of The Bahamas ‘yellow journalism’,” Capron said ina statement.
“Mr. Moultrie should also be careful in his threats to the media ‘to either conform or be gone’, because in a few short years (2022), those words could rebound, and not in his favor.
“He could very well be gone from the House of Assembly and the speaker’s chair and the media will still be here.”
On Tuesday, Moultrie went on to assert that media in The Bahamas “need Jesus”.
Capron said that is also true of the speaker.
“Yes, Mr. Moultrie,” said Capron.
“The press does need Jesus, as does everyone else, including you.”