File shot of once leading morning daily, The Nassau Guardian (1844) Ltd.
Nassau, Bahamas: A quiet silence has come over The Nassau Guardian as a senior reporter Tamara Mckenzie has been relieved of her duties at the 163 year old newspaper. Bahamas Press has learned that the Guardian trained reporter has been unceremoniously dismissed from the organization following a series of articles against the appointment of Rubie Nottage to the Supreme Court bench.
Insiders in the newsroom told Bahamas Press that Mckenzie allegedly defied her bosses request to drop the story on Mrs. Nottage following libelous statements published in the newspaper. Bahamas Press in defense of the Nottages suggested that the Nottages should sue both morning dailies for their careless, nonfactual statements against Mrs. Rubie Nottage.
A senior reporter when asked about the departure of the young Mckenzie, responded with a deafen silence. McKenzie’s articles appeared as a renegade on a hidden agenda to stop Mrs. Nottage appointment. The reporter continued attacking Mrs. Nottage in her articles even after Ambassador Ned Siegal stated that there was no evidence to support the newspaper claims.
Ms. Mckenzie was one of the first reporters sent to Chicago, on a full scholarship by the newspaper in an effort to build a new core of writers lost by the organization. The Nassau Guardian just prior to McKenzie’s departure hired a pack of journalist from the Jones Communication Ltd, in a raid on that organization. Included in that talent was veteran journalist and former Guardian publisher Fredrick Sturrup and former Guardian editor Clunis Devaney.