And while that is one event with a chilling effect on press freedom, another is what happened yesterday at the Senate. We showed you last night how UDP troublemakers Brian Yellowman Audinett menaced the media, threatened to throw our camera man over the railing, snatched the cell phone from KREM TV's Marisol Amaya and threatened to throw a pen at a PLUS TV videographer.
That's after the hearing had to be briefly suspended because UDP Chairman, Alberto August, along with "Yellowman" and Allan Kelly were loudly heckling PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay while he was questioning Elvin Penner.
So, what does the UDP's Deputy Leader have to say about the entire ugly ordeal? Taking a line out of his boss's book, Patrick Faber said that he hadn't seen it...
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education
"To be honest with you did not see the newscast. As you may know I was down south with Minister Brown all of yesterday and in fact didn't get back into Belize City until after midnight last night after going to Cayo then. So I can only tell you what I've heard and I haven't gotten a chance to really assess the situation. I can tell you that I don't think that it was an organized interruption of the senate hearings by the party. I am pretty sure that there was no instruction given for us to take that on as a kind of party strategy or position. But I haven't seen enough of it to make a comment or to condemn it or to go in any other way. But I will say this that I think the senate inquiry has serve its purpose. I think all that could be useful from those hearings are now out and so we really should not carry it on to be a circus and this is the kind of thing that is now happening. So, while I am not supporting the actions of any member of the United Democratic Party, we do want to see these hearings come to a close because we believe we've had our usefulness out of it as a country."