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Orane to journalists: Nation not looking for stars but credible messengers

Published:Saturday | November 29, 2014 | 12:31 PM
Douglas Orane - File

Business executive Douglas Orane has urged journalists to be mindful of the critical importance of carrying out the necessary due diligence to ensure that at all times the information reaching the public is accurate.

Speaking at last night’s National Journalism Awards banquet, Orane, a director of the GraceKennedy Group also warned persons entering the profession that the nation is not looking for stars, but for credible messengers.

He described the restraining of journalists attempting to ask questions during a recent Jamaica House press conference as troubling, but notes that Jamaica continues to enjoy press freedom.

To support his claim, Orane pointed to the 2014 Freedom of the Press Report published by Freedom House in which Jamaica was ranked 18th in the world, ahead of the United States in 30th place.

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