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JIS off base on Negril project

Published:Friday | August 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The public consultation meeting on the controversial Negril breakwater project was held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the Negril Community Centre. This meeting was covered by several media entities, including the government-run Jamaica Information Service.

After reading the coverage of this meeting on the JIS website (http://jis.gov.jm/environmental-stakeholders-negril-support-breakwater-p...), I felt compelled to respond in an effort to correct the errors in that report. Not only is it inaccurate and misleading, it constitutes what could be construed as propaganda.

The two NGOs referred to in the article - Negril Environmental Protection Trust and the Negril Coral Reef Preservation Society, and the persons who spoke on their behalf - have no authority to represent the Negril community. The NGOs have had no annual general meetings in more than five years and have no audited accounts. Hence, in the eyes of many, they are no longer legal entities or relevant to environmental issues in Negril. Therefore, stakeholders in the community got together on their own initiative to contest this project.

That the reporter from the JIS should dwell on what these two persons had to say when the majority there was vociferous and obviously against this project, shows the undisputed bias of the report.

It is most unfortunate for us who expect this agency to be professional and report factual and valuable information to "enhance public awareness and increase knowledge of the policies and programmes of the Government of Jamaica" as per their mandate.

MARY VEIRA

negrilgirl@gmail.com