Tambourine Army Leader Granted Bail

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Co-founder of the Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent, has been granted bail.

Nugent’s attorney, Ian Wilkinson, says the police granted her bail in the sum of 100-thousand dollars yesterday.

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Nugent was arrested and charged on Tuesday for using a computer for malicious communication.

She was to appear in court yesterday but she was admitted to hospital after falling ill while in custody on Tuesday night.

In the meantime, a number of social media users are expressing support for the controversial women’s activist.

The hashtag #StandingWithStella was the number one trending topic on Twitter for most of yesterday.

Nugent posts on Facebook using the name ‘Stella Gibson’.

And the UK Guardian yesterday published a story about Nugent’s arrests, headlined “Jamaica activist arrested after posting names of alleged sexual predators”

The Guardian says Nugent’s supporters describe her detention as a threat to freedom of speech and have started a GoFundMe campaign for her legal expenses.

In a post on twitter last evening, the Tambourine Army said Nugent has been released from hospital and is showing signs of improvement.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.