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Trinidad Journalist flees after receiving death threat

A senior investigative journalist with the Caribbean Communication Network (CCN) TV6, Mark Bassant, has been forced to flee the country after receiving a number of death threats, head of news at the television station, Dominic Kallipersad has said.

Kallipersad told television viewers on Wednesday night that Bassant had received the threats while working on sensitive investigative material and that both National Security Minister Gary Griffith and Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams had been made aware of the hit on the journalist.

The Trinidad Express newspaper, a sister company of the television station, reported Thursday that “key underworld criminals” had made the death threat against Bassant.

Bassant told the newspaper that on May 7, “I got a call from a very reliable underworld source that certain criminal elements wanted to harm me because of stories I wrote recently that were showing them up.

“I made a report on it. The next day I was liaising with certain police officers involved in a specific investigation, only to later learn from other trusted sources that these same officers who I had spoken to earlier were leaking information about me and what I knew to the said individuals who orga­nised for my demise.

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Comment by evolution on May 27, 2014 at 4:28pm

Trinidad and Guyana have one thing in common....them damn coolies that running the government...civil war next.

Comment by caribbeanrose on May 27, 2014 at 3:30pm

so sad what is happening in Trinidad, but this is what happens when you vote for gansters, thieves. free speech is under threath in trinidad. This Government has been one of the most corrupt and the worst

Comment by Bombahdrop on May 23, 2014 at 5:08pm
From my point of view, one thing the whole world has in common is "CORRUPTION" !!!
Comment by evolution on May 22, 2014 at 4:53pm

Trinidad is run by gangsters and criminals and no one is safe in media  if you want to do an expose.

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