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Another int'l media body condemns Warmington

Published:Friday | March 18, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) said yesterday it has made a formal representation to the Government of Jamaica, via the Jamaican High Commission in the United Kingdom, asking for confirmation of how the State and the ruling Jamaica Labour Party intend to respond to an unacceptable, live outburst last Tuesday by politician Everald Warmington.

Warmington told CVM news anchor Kerlyn Brown to "go to hell" as a response to legitimate journalistic questioning during a live TV programme.

CBA Secretary General Sally-Ann Wilson said yesterday that "such an outburst is unacceptable on any occasion but for such outrageous public behaviour to take place on International Women's Day is beyond belief, especially if the person concerned aims to play any further part in public life".

The CBA's comments came two day's after Gregorio Salazar, International Federation of Journalists representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, labelled behaviour such as that displayed by Warmington as "reprehensible".

JLP Chairman Mike Henry has apologised for Warmington's outburst and Daryl Vaz, minister with responsibility for information, has said he expects to hear an apology from his party colleague.

Up to yesterday, however, there had been no word from Warmington.