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Janine Mendes-Franco · July, 2013

I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from July, 2013

31 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

28 July 2013

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.

16 July 2013

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."

15 July 2013

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.

14 July 2013

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...

12 July 2013

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?

11 July 2013

Guyana: Sea Wall Mended

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....

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...

9 July 2013

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...

Caribbean: Tropical Storm Chantal

Barbados: Homophobia & Child Abuse