The Caribbean Broadcasting Union is shocked at the killing of former talk show host, Ricardo Welch, also known as the “Gladiator”, who was attacked and shot to death last week.
Noting that the Caribbean region has had a generally good track record of media workers being safe, CBU President Mr Gary Allen said the Union hopes the authorities will leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators of the crime to justice.
The CBU expressed sympathies to Mr. Welch’s family and former colleagues in the media.
The Union noted that the media worker’s killing in Trinidad and Tobago comes at a time when the CBU joins the global media sector in condemning the reported murder of Washington Post writer and exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The CBU calls on media workers not to let down their guard with their personal safety, even as it calls on its member media houses to note the seriousness of the times and take appropriate steps to improve journalists’ security.
“We ask our national security and justice officials in the region to pay close attention to these troubling developments and to take whatever steps they can to better protect our citizens”, President Allen said.