Nassau, Bahamas – When appointed to the Deputy Director position back in July 2007, a press statement read, “Veteran journalist and former radio and print news editor Mrs. Sharon Turner has been named Deputy Director for Bahamas Information Services.”
Back then we all were sure this was a strange appointment. Here is a 31 year old, whom had never broken a single headline story in her entire life. She had not worked in the media business for more than five years prior her appointment, but yet announced to the public as a “VETERAN JOURNALIST.”
Just a little over two years ago, before Election 2006, a new face appeared in the FNM. This face came from out of Grand Bahama supposedly to be a part of the Public Relations “team” of the FNM. Soon after there was no “team”, plans were changed and this new face had a name Sharon Williams-Turner, the Public Relations Officer and Webmaster of the Free National Movement. She wore many hats, even the hat of photographer and many could see her at EVERY rally conducted by the FNM taking pictures from every angle.
The FNM won the government, knocking the PLP out after only one term. Every one watched to see where this new Grand Bahamian face would end up and to their shock and amazement, she ended up as the Deputy Director of Bahamas Information Services and continues to hold the positions of Webmaster and Public Relations Officer of the FNM. Who is this girl and what is her claim to journalism fame that would entitle her to the position of Deputy Director of BIS. Also is she a double dipper like her boss why she continues to hold paid positions in the FNM?
Speaking of the position of Deputy Director of BIS, why is it that this Sharon Williams-Turner person continues to trek around the world foot in foot behind the Prime Minister shooting pictures of him. Surely Anthony Forbes, another Deputy Director of BIS, is never called upon to follow the PM around the world to shoot pictures. Surely such a job is for a photographer and to everyone’s knowledge the official photographer for the PM’s office for the past umpteen years has been Peter Ramsay. Is Mr. Ramsay no longer allowed to follow behind the PM taking pictures abroad or is it that his waist isn’t 24″ and his hair is too short?
Another baffling thing is that this Sharon Williams-Turner person is a married woman. She has a living husband. Who is this man who has allowed his wife to trek the islands endlessly during the FNM political campaign and now again while she supposedly holds a position of such prestige as Deputy Director of BIS? Does he not miss his wife or question why she is following the PM taking pictures of him around the globe when the PM has a photographer attached to his office? This man must not have blood running through his veins or his BRAIN for that matter. Two and Two have always added up to four and for sure where there is smoke there is FIRE.
This whole mess has gone on for more than two years by far and the “sip sipping” of the nation must now cease and explanations must now come to light. WHY has this Deputy Director of BIS, Sharon Williams-Turner become the official OVERSEAS photographer of the PM. Surely she cannot be seen to take better pictures than veteran photographer Peter Ramsay. Who is she and why has she become so OFFICIAL all of a sudden? Is Sir Arthur Foulks, the Director of BIS, next in line to shoot pictures of the Prime Minister abroad? Shouldn’t this newly wed girl be at home with her husband in Grand Bahama planning a family and goals?
Bahamas Press would also like to know why some news organization in this country are refused BIS stories? And how is it both FNM and PLP communications not covered by BIS? How is it Sharon Williams-Turner can get immediately sound bites and text speeches of the Prime Minister with speed, up on the FNM’s website but not to all media here in the country? Is this ‘double dipper’ working for the people of The Bahamas or FNM and abusing her office in the process?
Thanks again to a weak opposition who fail to highlight this kind of subversion against a balanced democracy, and to a ‘cockeyed bias’ media in The Bahamas who don’t even know when they are getting robbed themselves, much less the public.
Someone please explain this!!