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Trinidad's Newsday barred from publishing article on Central Bank

Published:Sunday | August 17, 2014 | 8:51 PM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug. 17, CMC – The Central Bank has obtained an injunction that has barred the Newsday newspaper from publishing a story being pursued by the paper’s crime editor.



The ex parte injunction was granted by Justice Robin Mohammed late Friday and served on the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Jones P Madeira, at about midnight that day.



Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambarran and Michelle Majid were the claimants of the application while Madeira, the Daily News Limited and journalist Nalinee Seelal were the defendants.



In a statement issued on Saturday, the Central Bank said the newspaper “was attempting to report on the unauthorised access in May 2014 by unknown person(s) who used the Bank’s information technology systems to disseminate an unarguably false, malicious and defamatory communication relating to Bank employees.



When the unauthorised access occurred, the Bank’s Chief of Security immediately referred the matter to the Cyber Crimes Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.”



On Saturday, Newsday reported that Rambarran was seeking to block the newspaper from the Central Bank’s claim for an injunction was supported by an affidavit from attorney Elena Araujo.



According to Newsday, the development follows queries made directly to the Governor of the Central Bank on Friday by Seelal regarding the behaviour of one of the bank’s employees.



The Governor declined to comment on the issue then and had his attorney, Kerwyn Garcia, issue a letter to Newsday demanding to know whether the newspaper was going to run a story on the matter and threatened legal action if the article was published.



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