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PAJ alarmed at reports of reporter receiving death threats

Published:Monday | February 29, 2016 | 2:49 PM

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) says it is alarmed at reports that Nationwide reporter Abka Fitz-Henley has been forced to take security precautions after receiving death threats.

According to the association, the right to freedom of expression, and by extension freedom of the press, is paramount to any democratic society, and threats to journalists are a common method by which subversive elements in any society try to undermine that right.

It says Jamaica has a proud tradition of press freedom, and incidents like this put that tradition at risk.

President of the PAJ, Dionne Jackson Miller says both Fitz- Henley and Nationwide have the full support of the association at this time. 

Jackson Miller says the association cannot overstate the harm that can be done by this type of attempt to intimidate.

She says apart from the personal threat to the journalist, the incident represents a threat to Jamaica’s democratic traditions. 

The PAJ president says journalists carry out their duties on behalf of, and for the benefit of people of Jamaica, and as a result an attack on any journalist is  an attack on the people themselves.

Meanwhile, Jackson Miller says the association commends the action of the police who are dealing with the matter.

She says the PAJ is urging them to make this investigation a priority at this time