Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan has called for Government to consider measures to regulate or shut down a local radio station as Dominica contends with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The radio station is under scrutiny because of what Astaphan refers to as misinformation and fake news that undermine government efforts to fight the pandemic.
Astaphan argues that the radio station, its morning talk show host and callers, are seeking to create fear and alarm among citizens.
Astaphan says Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit may want to review the content of the radio station’s programming and its impact on the community.
The Opposition United Workers Party and many of its supporters had criticized a 3 day curfew announced on March 28 as unconstitutional and illegal, saying it could not have been declared outside of a state of emergency.
Kairi News spoke with Radio Host Matt Peltier who told us Astaphan should concern himself with providing sound legal advice to the Dominica government during the COVID-19 pandemic.