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Nationwide rejects claims it hacked private messages of DK Duncan's daughter

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 8:24 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Duncan ... PNP's Region Five chairman

Nationwide News Network is rejecting claims by the daughter of People's National Party MP DK Duncan, that the station hacked into her messages to get a letter she allegedly wrote criticising Ian Hayles for wanting to challenge her father for a party position. 

Khia Josina Duncan made the claims last night in a series of posts on the micro-blogging site, Twitter. 

She alleged that Nationwide hacked into her private messages and has threatened legal action if the station does not reveal where it got the information from. 

"If I don't get an apology or retraction I will. It has to stop #nointegrity #sensationalist @cliffnationwide " read one of Duncan's posts. 

She did not deny writing the letter. 

This morning, Nationwide's chief executive officer, Cliff Hughes, intervened and declared that his radio station "did not hack anyone's account". 

He added that doing so would be a crime and urged Duncan to "desist from making wild accusations". 

Yesterday one of Nationwide's reporters, Abka Fitz Henley, urged her in a tweet to "withdraw the allegation and apologise, failing which we'll meet in court". 

In her letter, Duncan reportedly said Hayles was mounting a 'despicable' challenge for the chairmanship of the PNP's Region Five because of the reported illness of her father. 

She also said Hayles' roots in the party were not deep 'enough'. 

Hayles, the PNP MP for Western Hanover, switched to the PNP from the Jamaica Labour Party, about eight years ago.