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Press body rejects call for it to condemn newspaper headline

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 6:19 PM
Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) President Dionne Jackson Miller

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) has declined calls for it to condemn a newspaper headline published by The Star, saying such condemnations are not within the Association's remit. 

In a letter to newspaper editors, PAJ President Dionne Jackson-Miller said although she understands the public’s desire to have an industry-specific organisation voice its criticism, it is not, and should not be, the role of the PAJ.

She says the PAJ was not established for this purpose and its constitution establish such actions as a function of the organisation.

Jackson Miller says the PAJ is made up of working media practitioners and journalists from the media houses being accused and, therefore, the PAJ could not be a fair judge in such a matter. 

She maintained support for an independent Media Council to which such complaints should be directed.