Former minister of national security Jack Warner launched his weekly tabloid— the Trinidad and Tobago Sunshine Newspaper, in a low key ceremony, outside the newspaper’s office at Kantac Plaza, Arouca, on Friday afternoon.
Speaking with reporters on his decision to launch his own news publication Warner said it was his attempt to improve the standard of journalism by raising the bar while giving a voice to the marginalised of the country.
In his speech he said: “The Sunshine is designed with a conscience to recognise that while circulation statistics and healthy sales are critical to the life of any newspaper more important to us is the protection of people’s lives and character and the pursuit to ensure that lives are not unfairly destroyed and ruined.”
“Of course we do not propose to compromise the integrity of journalism which is founded on the publication of truth,” he added.
Warner, who holds the position of chairman at Sunshine, said to ensure that the highest standard of journalism is maintained by his publication, every article that goes into the paper will first have to get his stamp of approval.
The current staff at the publication is ten and includes editor Anthony “Lexo” Alexis and news editor Azad Ali.
Warner said he also has plans to get a radio and television licence at some point in the future.
Asked about start-up costs Warner declined to comment but boasted that his staff members were being fantastically paid with profit sharing packages.
The first issue of the publication, expected on Friday, will be printed by the Guardian newspaper. Eventually the company wants to get its own printing press, Warner said.