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What a low-down, dirty shame!

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The
silence around the FM dial 91.1 FM in Antigua was deafening.  Apparently, some scumbag, some demon
spawn, was bent on carrying out the diabolical wishes of  ‘the rulers of wickedness in high places.’ What a
thing! A piece of louse, crawled out from under a filthy rock to cut wires and
sabotage our transmission equipment up at Mc Nish Mount. Remember, it is not
easy to get up to Mc Nish. There is hardly a road, and the way is steep and
tricky and treacherous. You have to be quite determined to persist in your
effort to scale its heights. That person, or persons unknown, persisted in the
dastardly effort to knock 91.1 FM off the air, speaks to a level of depravity
and unadulterated evil. Talk about a reprobate mind!

Which
beggars the most obvious questions: Who would undertake such a heinous deed?
And at the behest of whom? We suggest that only a soulless individual or
individuals whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron, would, for
thirty pieces of silver, betray the freedom-loving people of Antigua and
Barbuda. We submit that this is a low-down dirty shame, a low-life plot hatched
in the pit of hell. Ephesians 6:12 is correct when it declares, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness
of this world against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Be warned
fellow Antiguans and Barbudans.

According to Sarah
Repucci, the Senior Director for Research and Analysis with FREEDOM HOUSE, in a
piece entitled, FREEDOM AND THE MEDIA: A
downward spiral,
“The fundamental
right to seek and disseminate information through an independent press is under
attack, and part of the assault has come from an unexpected source. Elected
leaders in many democracies, who should be press freedom’s staunchest
defenders, have made explicit attempts to silence critical media voices and
strengthen outlets that serve up favourable coverage. The trend is linked to a
global decline in democracy itself: The erosion of press freedom is both a
symptom of and a contributor to the breakdown of other democratic institutions
and principles, a fact that makes it especially alarming.”
Hmmmm!That there are folks in Antigua that
think that a free press, such as NEWSCO,
is an enemy of the state, or an enemy of the people, is alarming. That there
are operatives in our fair state who share the Trumpian view of the press and
his go-to description of unfavourable reporting as “Fake news,” is certainly cause for concern. Make no mistake folks:
There are many people in high places who think like Trump, reason like Trump
and act like Trump. They share his twisted Trump impulses. We must shun them!

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In a recent rant against the media, this is what the US President
had to say, “Our primary opponent is the
‘Fake News Media’. . . . the ‘LameStream Media’ . . . ‘They are now beyond
Fake, they are Corrupt.’
Help him, and others of like ilk, Lord! It is this
sort of thinking in this fair state of ours that has given rise to, and aid and
comfort to vermin like the fools that journeyed to Mc Nish Mountain to disable
our broadcast facilities. We certainly trust that the authorities will
investigate this dastardly deed as a matter of urgency, and that the
perpetrator/s will be brought to a swift and sure justice. We have no room in Antigua
and Barbuda for any attempts to muzzle the press and stifle dissent.

We join
with all Antiguans and Barbudans in saluting Joe Antonio, our computer whizz, media, network and IT master; Norrid Henry our electrical technician;
Kyle Scotland and Andre Dyer, ourradio
transmission experts; and our Station Manager, the indefatigable Dave Lester Payne who braved the foul
weather and the treacherous terrain to restore our FM transmission. Kudos!!!
OBSERVER radio is back, and we thank
our loyal listeners for your patience and kind expressions of love and support.
Most importantly, we crave your prayers, because it is evident that “We wrestle
not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places.”
They will be confounded!

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