SVG Tourism Minister says social media claims “unfounded and false”

November 07, 2022 in Regional

Minister of Tourism for St Vincent and the Grenadines Carlos James has described as “unfounded, false and defamatory”, a post being circulated on social media making certain allegations about him.

James, a lawyer who is into his first term as MP for North Leeward, warned against “sharing and circulating defamatory statements” and said he was trying to determine the origin of the post.

He used his Carlos James – North Leeward Facebook page to respond to the post and then shared the response to his personal Facebook page.

The post being circulated on social media spoke of an alleged incident on November 2.

In his post, James said: “While I understand the excitement for salacious gossip, there are things we simply take too far. It was brought to my attention of a post circulating on social media regarding an alleged incident purporting to involve ‘a recent contestant in the Miss SVG 2022 pageant’ and a ‘Registered Nurse’. This is simply unfounded, false and defamatory.

“We ought to be mindful of people’s reputation when sharing and circulating defamatory statements. While we are trying to ascertain the origin of this post, I want to remind the general public that you too can be liable for sharing or republishing defamatory statements.

“I hope that we can all be guided accordingly and refrain from damaging the reputation of others,” he added.