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Press association wants Freedom of Information legislation passed

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 4:02 PM

Press association wants Freedom of Information legislation passed

CMC

BAHAMAS

NASSAU, CMC:

The Bahamas Press Club 2014 (BPC-2014) is calling on the government to pass Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation so as to ensure that the entire country has free access to information.

BPC-2014 president Anthony A Newbold made the call as the media group said it had adopted a Code of Ethics in an effort to enhance the profession.

The BPC-2014, which was re-instituted in September 2014, said that among its objectives are to promote social enjoyment among members, cultivate literary taste, and encourage friendly intercourse among news practitioners and everyone with whom they have contact in the pursuit of the profession.

"To further aid in the practice of our profession, we will lead the charge in pursuing the government to pass and implement a Freedom of Information Act, to ensure that the media and the general population of The Bahamas have free access to information," said Newbold.

The Code of Ethics call on media workers here to be "honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information" as well as to treat "sources, subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect".

The code also calls on media practitioners to act independently and that they should be "accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.

(The Code of Ethics call on media workers here to be "honest, fair and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting information" - please use this as a pull quote)