The report was originally published by the online publication Caribbean News Now last week Thursday.
According to Dominica News online, the following day, October 20, Harris issued a statement rejecting the report, as well as “the demonstrably falsified image of a passport accompanying it,” as “utterly baseless and malicious.”
The Prime Minister also denied having a Dominica diplomatic passport or a passport from any other country “except for this beloved Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
In the subsequent apology posted on its website on Sunday, Dominica News Online acknowledged that, “The article contained numerous alleged, false statements about Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, as well as a falsified image of a diplomatic Dominican passport issued in the Prime Minister’s name.
“We did not contact the Prime Minister before publishing the article, nor did we have the image independently verified prior to posting it online. Dominica News Online has no basis to believe that the Prime Minister holds a passport issued by a country other than St Kitts and Nevis. We have been informed that the only passport that the Prime Minister holds –and has ever held –is one issued by St Kitts and Nevis.”
“We apologize without reservation to the Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris for all the harm caused to him and his reputation by our actions in publishing this erroneous article. We also sincerely apologize for not having contacted the Prime Minister to get his side of the story prior to publishing the article, and the statements and images therein.”
“Additionally, we at DNO seek to make it abundantly clear that the above-mentioned article was not posted with any malicious intent. We re-published an article from a source which we consider a credible one.”
Harris, in last Friday’s statement said he was “disappointed that this shameless piece of inflammatory propaganda – which was initially circulated on social media by St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party supporters – would make its way into a publication professing to cover regional news based on journalistic merit, professionalism and media standards.”
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