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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 - The Government Information Service (GIS) and the National Television Network (NTN) have noted the article entitled “Who Says Lightning Never Strikes The Same Target Twice” on Page 5 of the Monday, June 13, 2005 issue of the Star newspaper, regarding the absence of sound during the presentation by Central Castries Member of Parliament Honourable Sarah Flood-Beaubrun at the last sitting of the House of Assembly on Tuesday, June 7, 2005.

The GIS and NTN wish to publicly clarify that the lack of sound during Mrs. Flood-Beaubrun’s contribution to the debate on the Motion of No Confidence against the Government tabled by Micoud South Member of Parliament Honourable Arsene James at the last sitting of the House of Assembly was the result of a technical error.

That much was indicated to Star Editor Eliza Francis, who called the GIS on the said day to inquire. It was pointed out to the Star’s Editor that it was a genuine technical error that would be corrected.

Indeed, the same technical difficulties that affected telecast of Honourable Flood-Beaubrun’s contribution also resulted in the loss of sound during the presentation of Castries East MP Honourable Philip J. Pierre later that same day.

Both errors were subsequently corrected and the contributions of all the MPs were aired, unedited and in full, over the weekend, on NTN.

Honourable Flood-Beaubrun was not targeted for special treatment. Nor was the Hon. Philip J. Pierre, whose contribution suffered the same fate, but which fact was not mentioned in the said Star report a week later.

The GIS also wishes to state categorically that at no point has it ever received instructions about coverage of MPs’ contributions on NTN from the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister.

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