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Ombudsman urges police to investigate threats against cameraman

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 11:49 AM
Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has made an urgent appeal for the police to probe threats made against a CVM television cameraman since last week's airing of controversial comments made by Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller.

The CVM correspondent, who operates out of St Ann, recorded the People's National Party's meeting in Claremont in the parish on November 16.

On that evening Simpson Miller made statements which have been deemed inflammatory and have generated much public commentary.

READ: I did not intend to convey a threat - Simpson Miller on comments at PNP meeting

In a release yesterday, the ombudsman condemned the threats, adding that it is important for media workers to conduct their duties without fear or favor.

Parchment Brown, who met with Simpson Miller to discuss the matter, says she does not believe her office should take any further action at this time.

IN PHOTO: Simpson Miller

READ: Ombudsman says Simpson Miller accepts St Ann comments regrettable

However, she cautioned politicians to abide by the political code of conduct which prohibits inflammatory language in political campaigning.

 

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown

The PNP has also called on the police to investigate the threats made against the CVM cameraman.

The party says it disassociates itself from any such reprehensible act adding that it believes in true and full freedom of the press.