Thursday, July 15, 2010


14th July 2010

To: President James Michel (Leader of Parti Lepep)

Mr. Wavel Ramkalawan (Leader of Seychelles National Party)

Mr. Philippe Boulle (Independent Presidential Candidate)

Mr. Ralph Volcere (Leader of New Democratic Party)

Dear Sirs,

STAR Seychelles ( was launched one and half years ago to provide the Seychellois community with an open forum to express themselves and debate issues about their country. There is currently no medium at the disposal of the local community which promotes and upholds free speech. Participation on STAR will not only provide you with an outlet to express your views on pertinent issues that are of concern to the electorate but also engage healthy debate amongst political candidates on fundamental ideas that will take our country forward.

STAR has a number of writers and contributors each week. We register between 1,200-3000 viewers per week and have now over 65,000 views. The average on line read is 6.05 minutes and the comments sections has developed into a forum for debate and exchange of ideas on the political currents within our society. Additionally STAR has been linked to a number of e-newspaper sites that register additional views each week of similar figures.

As you are a public political figure with aspirations to run in the next presidential elections and a leader in our community who seeks the support of the people of Seychelles, we would like to extend an invitation for you to contribute a weekly column to highlight, explain and defend your ideas with the local community online. This exercise will provide you with active feedback as the readers interact with the writers on the blog.

All your articles should be submitted by Thursday each week. STAR will not edit any of your work as it is our fundamental principle to promote free speech and open exchange of ideas. If you cannot meet the deadline, we request that you submit an alternate deadline within the week that is convenient to you. The issues you present to the forum are entirely of your choosing and will be determined by yourself.

We will alternatively be tabling topics or questions to you, in the spirit of enticing debate on subjects that are pertinent to the way forward for our country. As party leaders, there is no doubt that you will avail of this opportunity to participate in this uncensored forum geared towards the free exchange of ideas. We count on your participation and support.


STAR Administrator
This letter was also forwarded to Regar, The People, Le Nouveau Seychelles Weekly & Rising Sun for publication.


Anonymous said...

Who wants to bet that not one of the so called Leaders will have the guts to come on an uncontrolled environment (i.e media not controlled by them) to defend their ideas. I repeat not one of them.

Anonymous said...

Bunch of cowards will never show up for the fight, let alone a debate. Maybe Boulle will, but one cannot fight against oneself.

Anonymous said...

You right,Ram for instance has never had a manifosto in any past elections and he is operating a fake oposition of course he doesn't and would never face free press he has nothing to say he is busy negociating an increase in salary with Faure.he also said pp should stop accepting presents from foreigners but the same Ram acceptes the same presents he is complaining about from pp as gifts to shut his mouth.Bad for a priest.

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Anonymous said...

Bring it on!

Let them have their say, let them stand for what they want us to believe in.

How can anyone refuse such an invite?

Anonymous said...

People who have so much to hide and no substance to present.

Come on guys!! Be the voice of the people!! Earn your salary and our trust!!!

I dare you.


Anonymous said...

This is a good idea. However, to be fair, it has to be on neutral grounds, and it should be televised as was the debate of the three main parties in the UK.
My money is on Boulle to be the calm, cool and composed leader to answer questions honestly without stumbling and getting entangled and tongue tied!
Go on Philippe, show them how it is done!

Anonymous said...

Star is even more neutral then SBC.

So tell Philippe Boulle to send his article. Open the debate.

Enough of the pumping of balloon men. Let the ideas flow each week, and we will field the ideas, Boulle will defend his point of view.

It is up to SBC to open the debates, but STAR has given you an initial platform.

Go For it, or hold your breath while blowing your balloon!

Christopher Gill, just a writer on STAR.

April said...

Star is even more neutral then SBC. So tell Philippe Boulle to send his article. Open the debate. Enough of the pumping of balloon men. Let the ideas flow each week, and we will field the ideas, Boulle will defend his point of view. It is up to SBC to open the debates, but STAR has given you an initial platform. Go For it, or hold your breath while blowing your balloon! Christopher Gill, just a writer on STAR.

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