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Gov't commits to reviewing information regulations, Secrets Act

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2016 | 5:57 AM
Information Minister, Ruel Reid.

The Jamaican Government has committed to reviewing the Access to Information Regulations and whether to keep the Official Secrets Act.

‎In a statement in observance of World Press Freedom Day today, the Information Minister, Ruel Reid said he recognises that freedom of information is held dear by Jamaica.

"This Administration commits to play its part in providing the public with greater access to information," Reid said.

The Press Association of Jamaica has been lobbying for the long-awaited amendments to the Access to Information Act, and the repealing the Official Secrets Act.

In her World Press Freedom Day message, PAJ president Dionne Jackson Miller repeated the call.

"The PAJ’s call is very much in keeping with this year’s theme, which is 'Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms – This is Your Right!'," Jackson Miller said.

‎She said the Official Secrets Act is out of step with the modern emphasis on transparency and accountability.

Jamaica is now ranked 10 out of 180 countries on the world press freedom index.