PAJ AGM Suspended


Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Last Sunday’s annual general meeting of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) was suspended due to a lack of a quorum.

Among the main agenda items were a discussion on the draft Code of Ethics and Practice for Jamaican journalists and media organizations, the revised PAJ Constitution, and the election of officers:

As a result of the suspension the meeting was unable to take decisions on these important matters or hear all the scheduled reports from the executive. The meeting agreed to the suspension, and a Special General Meeting is to be called on a date to be announced. In the interim the sitting executive remains in office.

A resolution was tabled at Sunday’s meeting urging the PAJ to lobby radio stations to closely monitor their output to ensure full conformity to accepted standards. The motion highlights among other things, “a tendency towards trivialization’ sensationalism and vulgarity…” The motion urges the PAJ to call on various stakeholders to be watchdogs and whistleblowers to restore the nobility that was once consistently a hallmark of Jamaican radio broadcasting.

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