FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 February 2015
On Saturday 31st January, the New York Times wrote a story which in the view of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contained at least four material inaccuracies. Today the New York Times admitted its error by printing the following in its 3rd February edition:
Because of an editing error, a picture caption on Saturday for an article about a new immigration policy in the Bahamas that critics say unfairly targets Haitians misstated the effects of the policy on the two boys shown, born in the Bahamas but of Haitian descent. The boys have always been considered Haitian; that is not among the policy changes. (The new policy requires everyone to hold a passport, and as of next fall will also require all schoolchildren who are not citizens to have a student residency permit.)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell speaking in Barbados tonight to Bahamian students welcomed the correction he said that he did not think that iy went far enough but he felt that the New York Times having conceded and admitted the error, the whole story by the New York Times collapses.