PAJ demands PM responds to Warmington's 'loutish' behaviour
The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has released a statement appealing to Prime Minister Andrew Holness to address what it calls the unsatisfactory response of State Minister Everald Warmington to a reporter this week.
PAJ president George Davis says he notes with dismay the exchange between Everald Warmington, the state minister with responsibility for works and Sashana Small, a reporter with Business Access TV.
"On numerous occasions in the past, he has verbally abused members of the press without any satisfactory response from the Prime Minister," Davis said.
IN PHOTO: Everald Warmington
He said Warmington’s loutish behaviour is sufficient grounds to ask the Prime Minister to state clearly whether he supports this kind of conduct from an MP he appointed a State Minister.
Davis said Small called Warmington in line with her job about protesting workers contracted by China Habour Engineering Company.
A recording of the exchange is being circulated on social media.
Davis said Small admits that she started her recording before informing Warmington but said she reported that she did not get the chance to tell him he was 'on the record'.
"It is, however, important to note that she never used the recording in any news broadcast," Davis said.
He said while it is not a must for elected or appointed officials to speak with the press, the PAJ demands that when they do so they speak with respect and decency.