I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.
Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from July, 2013
Transgender Teen's Murder Raises Spectre of Jamaican Homophobia
The mob murder of a transgender youth has got bloggers discussing the country's homophobic laws and Jamaicans' attitude towards gay people.
What Does a “Green Party” Win Mean for Trinidad & Tobago Politics?
Trinidad and Tobago‘s hotly contested Chaguanas West by-election ended with a resounding victory on Monday night for Jack Warner, who reclaimed his seat with a convincing win.
Caribbean: E-waste Ethics
ICT Pulse blogs about e-waste in the Caribbean.
Trinidad & Tobago: Will Warner Win?
Tomorrow, Jack Warner fights to reclaim the parliamentary seat for Chaguanas West - but his questionable campaign tactics and race-centric rhetoric have some bloggers concerned.
Reporters Break Their Silence on Trinidad & Tobago Press Freedom Confusion
Reporters that left their jobs at the Trinidad Guardian say “there was a significant threat to press freedom [and] that [the] threat wore the garments of political interference."
Caribbean: We Are Trayvon Martin
“Not guilty”. With those two words, a firestorm of discussion broke out among Caribbean netizens over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin‘s death.
Multiple Resignations at the Media Association of Trinidad & Tobago
Netizens following developments in the Trinidad Guardian newsroom controversy were looking forward to new information that should have been revealed at a Media Association press conference today.
Trinidad & Tobago's Media Association Pulls a 180 in Press Freedom Debacle
The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago has retracted its original statement about political interference having a part to play in the alleged reassignment of key reporters in the Guardian's newsroom, leaving some bloggers wondering if the whole affair was a storm in a teacup…or if the public is not being told the whole story.
The Bahamas: Life Begins at 40?
The Bahamas marked its 40th anniversary of independence from Great Britain this week. A few bloggers shared their thoughts about the milestone…
Caribbean: Encouraging Innovators?
How innovative is the Caribbean? Using the criteria of The Global Innovation Index, ICT Pulse takes a look.
Guyana: Sea Wall Mended
Further to this post, Guyana-Gyal is happy to report that the hole in the capital city's sea wall has been fixed…or is she?
Press Freedom Déjà Vu in Trinidad & Tobago
All anyone seemed to be talking about today in Trinidad and Tobago was the walkout at the Guardian newspaper and whether there is more in the mortar than the pestle. Many bloggers are making the point that this isn't the first attempt at silencing journalists in the country.
Trinidad & Tobago Media Reshuffle Viewed as Threat to Press Freedom
There is controversy brewing in Trinidad and Tobago over freedom of the press following a reassignment of key media personnel (including the Editor-in-Chief) at the Trinidad Guardian newspaper – a move which some are claiming came about because of political pressure.
Grenada: Electronic Media Ignorance?
Grenada's controversial Electronic Crimes Bill will be debated today in Parliament, but Blah Bloh Blog is “at a loss as to how they are going to establish such legislation…given the very well-known fact that literally NO ONE in the government…knows anything about computers, the internet, electronic communications or social media.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Cell Phone Photography
This year’s crop of mobile phones in particular make it possible to take excellent photographs, some of which rival those from more professional equipment in good light. Mark Lyndersay takes a look at the evolution of cell phone photography.
Pulling Back on Police Powers in Jamaica?
Back at the end of May, Jamaica's take on this year's Blog Action Day dealt with the issue of extra judicial killings and police brutality – but now, one of the bloggers who organised JA Blog Day is reporting on what the police can't do, thanks to a recent judicial ruling.
Caribbean: Tropical Storm Chantal
Tropical Storm Chantal has caused the temporary closure of some regional airports and the cancellation of flights. The Bajan Reporter has the latest.
Barbados: Homophobia & Child Abuse
Code Red uses the example of a child abuse case in Barbados to make the point that “the buggery laws perform a double injustice. They criminalise sexual relations between adults and support a culture of homophobia and…support an inadequate response to child sexual abuse.”
The Bahamas: Equality is for Everyone
The Bahamas’ Attorney General recently proposed that the country's Constitution be amended to end all forms of discrimination – except discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Blogworld explains why she has a problem with that.
Trinidad & Tobago: A Travel Mindset
Once you have the right perspective, you can travel anywhere … some places you might have to wait longer to visit, but you will eventually get there. Travel blogger Rishi Sankar offers advice on how to “structure your mind to enable a life of travel”.