Tuesday 26 May, 2020

CPF denies Mr Killa is performing at Soca Monarch

The Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) is criticising the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday for what it described as a misleading headline regarding the International Soca Monarch (ISM) finals.

In a statement on Thursday, the CPF said the daily newspaper published a report which claimed the ISM titleholder, Grenadian soca sensation Hollis "Mr Killa" Mapp, was taking part in the event. This, despite his announcement last week that he would not defend his crown due to poor planning on the part of the organisers. 

According to the CPF, questions were raised about Mr Killa's possible participation at the ISM finals during an event where contestants drew their performance numbers on Wednesday. However, the release noted that nothing untoward was said. 

"In terms of our Creative Director’s response to the question by Newsday, as to whether Mr Killa would be performing, it was made extremely clear that this was not the case. In being further pressed as to whether there would be any participation by the reigning Soca Monarch, there was only the response that there is no clue what the future holds, but as a televised event we hope to have a few surprises on that night. The headline which appeared online today was totally inaccurate. The fact is we understand that it is important to report the news, but we kindly ask that the headlines reflect the true story."

The statement also acknowledged that a productive meeting was held with Mr Killa and his team to settle their concerns and apologised for any inconvenience caused as a result of the report. 

"To Mr Killa and his entire team, we wanted to say thank you for taking the time to allow both sides to discuss our differences. We are very measured in terms of our responses and would never (and in this case) never made such an erroneous and misleading statement. We can only apologise for the damage that was done by the article’s header, but reiterate that the words shared were never stated on record, and we have zero control on what the editors or sub-editors run with it."

Newsday has since updated the story and issued an apology.

"Correction: An earlier version of this story's headline said Mr Killa will be at Soca Monarch finals. That headline was misleading and has been changed. Newsday regrets the error."

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