Silence is golden and I guess the Media Workers Association of Grenada took this saying literally. Many would say they haven’t noticed the absence of MWAG and if I wasn’t involved in the media I would be tempted to agree. However, as a small cog in the media Machine of Grenada, I understand fully the importance of standing together, protecting the art form of journalism and in one clear voice defending the rights of media persons on the Island.
As I listen to Michael Bascombe and Andre Donald regale the glory days of MWAG I can’t help but feel robbed. Stories of integration of media workers from every institute and from all corners of the Island under the banner of unity and progress, they endeavored to build bonds through activities like sporting matches, philanthropy, cook ups and the like, bridging the gap between the media and the community and other factions of society.
How could I not feel robbed and a little envious? The thought of the oneness that blanketed the media workers of years ago, the comfort, protection and defense standing by them, a media family they can turn to when troubles hits. Now the shell that currently functions where MWAG use to stand continues to drift aimlessly. Recent news of the complete disregard for the association’s constitution, delaying an already late election.
As Ex-President Michael Bascombe and current member Mikey Hutchinson have voiced concerns for the association, my voice is one of disappointment as I put the lackluster association under the microscope. What and when was the last activity held by MWAG, or how about the last attempt to have new blood join the association, an open call or a community activity or anything? Racking your brain? well so am I and, by the looks of things this question will not be answered anytime soon.
Holistically the idea of MWAG is astonishing and at its birth truly accomplished its ideals. It’s clear that currently MWAG is stuck and as a curious onlooker I wonder if they’re not just stuck but contented, which in my eyes is even worse. Reflecting on where the Media Workers Association of Grenada has come from and the uncertainty of its future, a tear is shed by this writer who will continue to hope that better must come.