The Prime Minister’s letter to the PAJ

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Friday, June 11th, 2010

Please view PAJ’s letter to the Prime Minister here.

Dear Mr Buckley
I am puzzled at your suggestion that I had a duty to invite the media to accompany me on my visit to Tivoli Gardens last Wednesday.

The situation in Tivoli, as you know, is very delicate. There is healing that must take place and a new understanding of the way forward that must be forged. These are not necessarily the obligations or primary objectives of those whose foremost duty is to report the news, whatever that news is. Nor does all such reporting necessarily assist that process. On the other hand, some residents are reluctant to appear when the media are present as they do not wish to have their images published.

I was not and am still not aware that the media were excluded from covering my visit to Tivoli last Wednesday. The media have been free to visit Tivoli Gardens and interview residents and have, in fact, done so and published their reports.

Yours sincerely
Bruce Golding
Prime Minister
Office of the prime Minister
Jamaica House
Kingston 10

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  • Nzingha says:

    The PM’s response was right on target. Could not have said it any better. What’s hurting PAJ etc..is the fact that you all lost an opportunity to sensationalize his visit to Tivoli and to continue your anti-Bruce campaign! Understand that almost every week you are invited to cover him in Tivoli…how many times have you ever gone or even carried the positive stories that are sent out from his visits? He has the right to his one-on-one moments with his constituents and in this case, he excercised that right. If you were all to speed on your game,( being the investigative journalists that you are supposed to be) you would have made yourself present as you have done in previous instances and were never barred or excluded! Next thing you will be telling him that you all have the right to attend his closed door meetings and private sessions… under the banner ‘freedom of the press’! Ha!!!

  • Seymour Mclean says:

    Dear Office of the Jamaican Prime Minister,
    On behalf of concerned Jamaican families we have made repeated appeals for the names of the dead as a result of your State of Emergency, we have unconfirmed reports of 150 dead, and confirmed 76 dead, can your office provide an accurate total of dead including women and children?

  • Seymour Mclean says:

    “The Commonwealth bears no resemblance to the empires of the past. It is an entirely new conception built on the highest qualities of the spirit of man: friendship, loyalty, and the desire for freedom and peace.”

    Today Jamaica is a member of the Commonwealth and the UN, On behalf of concerned Jamaican families we have made repeated appeals for the names of the dead as a result of your State of Emergency, we have unconfirmed reports of 150 dead, and confirmed 76 dead, can your office provide an accurate total of dead including women and children?

    is this now a matter beyond the control of the Jamaican Government?

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