"Lies, Half-truths and Innuendoes" is the second in his collection of Benedict Wight and other writings by Owen Baptiste. The journalistic records reflect a period in the socio-political history of a newly Independent state as Trinidad and Tobago became in 1962 to as recently as 1998 and the present when the British West Indian colonies became Independent members of the Caribbean Community recognized as CARICOM globally. As a veteran whose life-work spans entry into the print media beginning in September 1952 with the Trinidad Guardian, his commentary recaps the historic days of helping to give birth to the National Newspaper that is the Trinidad Express and thence to his own publishing ventures - Inprint Caribbean Ltd. that published People, the Caribbean magazine and Caribbean Affairs, a quarterly journal. This second collection sources its articles from these publications with valuable information on the main political players like Trinidad and Tobago’s Dr Eric Williams, Jamaica’s Michael Manley and Guyana’s Dr Cheddi Jagan. Contemporary reports cover overviews of world events like China/US relationships while the author offers a closer in-depth report on the changing world of the local media that he discovers on his return to Trinidad and Tobago in 2011 after 12 years in China. The book title is the name of a popular series published on his return to the Trinidad Guardian in 1996 and originated with former Prime Minister Basdeo Panday in reference to a spat with the then Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Kenneth Gordon. The book is dedicated to colleague Raoul Pantin with a Eulogy to his dedication to the Media and is a timely primer for those aspiring to be Media changers. Genre: Journalism, Political History, Caribbean/West Indian Politics and Culture, Commentary and Opinion.
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Owen Baptiste is a Caribbean journalist from Trinidad and Tobago and has been in print media and book publishing since 1951. As Editor in Chief and Managing Director of the Trinidad Express Newspapers, he has been instrumental in starting the Jamaica Observer in 1990. He returned to the Trinidad Guardian as Editorial Consultant in 1996 after starting Caribbean Information Systems and Services that pioneered educational touch-screen computer technology two years before. After a 12-year teaching sojourn in China he now writes in retirement. In 2013 he was awarded a National Media Icon in celebration of the country's 50th anniversary of Independence.
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