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Dec 19

PAJ URGES PRIME MINISTER HOLNESS TO HOLD PRESS BRIEFINGS IN NEW YEAR

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camera - martin foskett - pexelsDecember 19, 2016: The Press Association of Jamaica has written to Prime Minister Andrew Holness noting his failure to hold press briefings since assuming office, and urging him to do so in the New Year for benefit of the public.

The PAJ stressed that it was very concerned about media access to Ministers of Government, and particularly to Mr. Holness as Prime Minister.

PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller acknowledged in her letter to the Prime Minister that he had given several interviews to local media houses since assuming office, including one to her, and the RJR Communications Group for which she works.

 However, the PAJ President noted that although these interviews are important, they are necessarily selective and exclude many reporters and media houses, and therefore do not provide the kind of broad-based access to media which press conferences do.  

The PAJ noted that Mr. Holness, since assuming office in March, had yet to hold a comprehensive press briefing in the capacity of Prime Minister, which all media representatives could attend and ask him a range of questions, for the benefit of the public.

The PAJ urged Mr. Holness to remedy this deficiency as early as possible in the New Year, and to make these briefings a regular staple on his schedule.

The PAJ’s letter has been acknowledged by the Office of the Prime Minister, with a commitment to respond to the concerns expressed at the earliest possible time.

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Sep 29

PAJ Sends Open Letter to Prime Minister Simpson-Miller

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Photo: Wikimedia

British Prime Minister David Cameron
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The Press Association of Jamaica, concerned about the failure to arrange press briefings for either the British Prime Minister or the Japanese Prime Minister during their visits to Jamaica, has sent the following open letter to Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller.

 

OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER PORTIA SIMPSON- MILLER

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road
Kingston 10

Dear Madam Prime Minister:

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) notes with great concern that

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe  Photo: Wikimedia

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Photo: Wikimedia

there will be no opportunity for the press to ask questions of you and
British Prime Minister David Cameron on the occasion of his visit to
Jamaica, or of you and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during
his visit.

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Aug 10

PAJ CONDEMNS MR. WARMINGTON’S BEHAVIOUR

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The Press Association of Jamaica is condemning in the strongest possible terms, the behaviour of Member of Parliament for South West St. Catherine Everald Warmington towards a Gleaner intern and other reporters at the JLP’s headquarters at Belmont Road yesterday.

While taking note that Mr. Warmington has apologized, we believe that his apology has much less impact that it otherwise would, given that this is but the latest in a series of incidents in which Mr. Warmington has acted in this boorish, vulgar, and loutish way towards members of the media. We have heard his apologies before. Read more

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