Matthews was arrested yesterday morning at the Square of the Revolution while he was live streaming a small anti-government protest on social media for his “Gavin Matthews Talk Show.”
A Facebook political commentator, Matthews who is a critic of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) administration, was arrested under the Cybercrime Act for allegedly offending Charles Ramson last month. He was subsequently released on GYD$100,000 station bail.
According to the Police Officer making the arrest, “it is alleged that on the 25th March 2021 at Georgetown, you used a computer system to publish a video on Facebook that is derogatory with intent to humiliate and embarrass and to cause emotional distress to Charles Ramson”.
Ramson, who is an Attorney-at-Law and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, posted a video excerpt containing offending words as uttered by Mr. Matthews and captioned stated that “This is why he is arrested …freedom of speech doesn’t mean you could call people “murderer” and “terrorist”.
A video showing his arrest said that on March 25, 2021 “you used a computer system to publish a video on Facebook that was derogatory with intent to humiliate or embarrass or cause emotional distress to Charles Ramson Jr.
Matthews video recorded all of the Police Officers who were on the scene to arrest him, explaining that he was doing so “in case anything happens to me, this is the evidence”.
It is unclear what statements Matthews made during his online talk show that allegedly caused emotional distress and humiliation to the Government Minister.
Matthews is an outspoken critic of the Government who has used his social media programme to openly criticize various members of the PPP Civic administration.
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