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Huntley Medley responds to mic snatching criticisms

Published:Thursday | November 27, 2014 | 4:40 PM
Huntley Medley - File

The Director of Communications in the Office of the Prime Minister, Huntley Medley has responded to criticisms in the media relating to his handling of journalists at a Jamaica House Press Briefing yesterday.

Several media houses have expressed shock, after the OPM Communications Director forcibly took a microphone from a television journalist who was asking Information Minister, Senator Sandrea Falconer a series of questions on the controversial Outameni purchase.

Medley also instructed that another journalist's microphone be turned off.

In a release this morning, Medley said he would never be party to any attempt to muzzle journalists in the performance of their duties.

However, he says journalists have a duty to act responsibly, fairly, and to recognise and respect the rights of others, including their own colleagues.

Medley says some young journalists have mistakenly equated defiance and ungraciousness with being probing and fearless.

According to the OPM Communications Director, though his motives were correct his methods might not have been the best under the circumstances.

Medley says the Communication Department will continue to facilitate the media to access information from the OPM so that they can perform their duty of informing the public.

He says it will also review arrangements for ensuring the orderly flow of the media exchanges involving officials of the OPM with an adherence at all times to basic operating procedures.

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