Since Offshore Business News & Research was formed in November, 1996, several clients have asked why the company is based in Miami and not in one of the offshore domiciles it covers, such as Bermuda, the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands. The reason is that OBNR's founder has already been thrown off one island for writing investigative articles about powerful people and there is little doubt in his mind that he would be thrown off others for publishing similar stories. Such a scenario is not a consideration in the United States, where there is genuine freedom of the press and that is why OBNR is located in Miami, which also happens to be a gateway to the Caribbean. Below, Mr. Marchant goes into the circumstances of his forced removal from Bermuda, where he lived and worked from 1990 to 1996. He believes that what happened to him illustrates that, while Bermuda is generally a sophisticated society, occasionally it lives up to the ‘tinpot island' image that it has tried so hard and successfully in recent years to overcome.