"The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned recent threats against Trinidad and Tobago journalist Mark Bassant that led the reporter to leave the country last week in fear for his life,"Vanessa I. Garnica reported Monday for the institute.
"On May 22, Bassant, a senior investigative reporter for the Caribbean Communication Network, Channel 6 (CCN TV6), released a video on the network stating that he had received a call from what he called 'a very reliable underworld source' on May 7 advising him that criminal entities wanted to harm him.
"Later in the week following the initial threat, Bassant reported in the video, he met with another source who confirmed face to face that a €2,000 [$2,721]-hit had been ordered against him. Bassant reported the threat to a member of the national security services, who reportedly confirmed that the threat was imminent and advised the journalist to arrange around the clock security. . . ."