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Gleaner, do your homework

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2015 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

What passes for journalism in Jamaica never ceases to amaze me. While I may give a free pass to a young 'wet-behind-the-ears' journalist for not doing his or her basic homework, that very low standard cannot be allowed in an 'Editorial' emanating from The Gleaner (the oldest newspaper in Jamaica). In my opinion, the Editorial of Tuesday, June 2, 2015 titled 'Falconer, Assamba: Collision of nonsense' is appropriately titled, but not because of its intended targets. It is so titled because it constitutes 'nonsense' coming from its author(s).

Had the people at The Gleaner performed the basic due diligence, they would have found out that Senator/Minister Sandrea Falconer is an investor in NationGrowth Microfinance Limited. Additionally, they would have found out that her comments on her Facebook page were made as an investor, not as a politician. That failure by The Gleaner not only violates a basic tenet of journalism, it had the effect of doing the very thing The Gleaner accused Minister Falconer of doing. The Gleaner politicised the cry of an investor of NationGrowth Microfinance Limited.

TREVOR H. FRANCIS

Chartered Accountant

trevor@fiacg.com