Who felt it and who hurt it?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

hardly came as any sur­prise to us at the STAR that in 2014 not only were we able to bring “the truth to light” - as we have been do­ing now for over 30 years in our valiant at­tempt to keep you in­formed - but that in­ad­ver­tently on more than one oc­ca­sion we also be­came the “news”. Who can for­get our July 26 STAR front cover with the bold head­line “St Lu­cia’s New Na­tional An­them: HURT IT!” and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing pic­ture? Quite apart from ex­pos­ing the un­de­ni­able hypocrisy that ex­ists in Saint Lu­cia, the re­ac­tion in some quarters once again ex­posed us to the naked truth - that de­spite hav­ing two Nobel Lau­re­ates our rate of il­lit­er­acy was noth­ing to be proud of. Even some of those who had read the ac­com­pa­ny­ing ar­ti­cle had missed the point, fix­ated in­stead, I dare say, on the ex­posed nip­ples of the cos­tumed in­di­vid­ual on the cover. As I write I can­not help but no­tice the irony that so many among us are now chant­ing “Je Suis Charlie” in the name of free­dom of the press and in light of the tragic events in Paris on Jan­uary 7 and 9. While at home the back­ers of free­dom of the press seem to be few and far be­tween.

At any rate 2014 was a chal­leng­ing year for the me­dia, what with a num­ber of threats com­ing from pub­lic of­fi­cials and a num­ber of law­suits as well. In­deed it was also a chal­leng­ing year for us at the STAR, like so many other busi­nesses around. Sadly, we had to put our mid­week pa­per to rest but thanks to you, our read­ers, The Week­end STAR (with the red hot 2NITE Mag­a­zine and Sports & Health Inc) con­tin­ues to be the most dis­cussed news­pa­per both here and by our read­ers over­seas.

In 2014 the STAR con­tin­ued to call for is­sues, such as vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren as well as rape, to be given more at­ten­tion by the au­thor­i­ties. We also con­tin­ued to cham­pion the call for pub­lic ac­count­abil­ity and ac­cess to bet­ter health care by all as well as un­hin­dered ac­cess to pub­lic in­for­ma­tion. All of this in a year which saw an alarm­ing num­ber of vi­o­lent crimes, sui­cides, high un­em­ploy­ment and food prices. Amidst all of this our hope was reignited by pas­sion em­a­nat­ing from such fig­ures as Chef Nina Comp­ton, Taj Weekes, and Dr. Stephen King as well as our STAR Per­son of the Year and the in­di­vid­ual you, our read­ers, voted as your STAR Read­ers’ Per­son of the Year for 2014. So as we con­tinue to look for­ward to a bet­ter, brighter and more pros­per­ous 2015, we in­vite you to also take a glance back with us at 2014. After all as they say - “he who for­gets the past is doomed to re­peat it.” So read on!

STAR ED­I­TOR Toni Ni­cholas

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