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'Guarding democracy'

Published:Sunday | November 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jackson Miller

Journalists kick off weeklong celebrations today

Under the theme 'Guarding Democracy' the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) will mark the 2014 National Journalism Week, starting today, with the usual church service.

This year's service will be held at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church at 12 Slipe Road, Cross Roads, starting at 9:30 a.m. The church service will be followed by the customary President's Brunch, hosted by Sagicor.

National Journalism Week continues with a forum at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston tomorrow.

The topic is 'Investigating and Prosecuting Financial Crime' with speakers including Professor Martha Steffens, chair in business and financial journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism, Juan Antonio Gonzales, an American prosecutor, and Senior Superintendent of Police Clifford Chambers, who heads the Organised Crime Investigation Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

"Issues like the lottery scam and white-collar crime in general are so topical now that we expect that participants will benefit significantly from the experienced and knowledgeable speakers we have lined up," said Karen Madden, PAJ second vice-president.

On Tuesday, the activities move west, when Professor Steffens will lead a workshop on 'Investigating Financial Crime' at the University of the West Indies' Western Campus in Montego Bay, St James.

Wednesday will see the PAJ honouring some of the stalwarts of the profession at the yearly Veterans' Day Luncheon, hosted by Wray & Nephew.

"This year, the executive has chosen to honour Lindy Delapenha, Keith Brown and Clarence 'Ben' Brodie, three veterans who have given years to the profession," declared PAJ secretary, Rohan Powell. "We're really pleased that we will be able to show them our appreciation for their years of service."

right balance

On Thursday, the PAJ's Journalists' Lyme will take place at the Countryside Club before the main event on Friday, the annual awards banquet at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

"We're confident that the activities strike the right balance between celebrating, socialising and introspection, given our theme this year," said PAJ president, Dionne Jackson Miller. "We're sure there will be something for everyone."