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Lawyer: Ruling in gay rights activist case supports press freedom

Published: Friday November 15, 2013 | 5:58 pm Comments 0

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

One of the attorneys in the case brought by a gay rights activist against three television stations is hailing today’s court ruling as a landmark decision in support of press freedom.


Maurice Tomlinson had argued that the decision by Television Jamaica (TVJ), CVM TV and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ), not to air an advertisement promoting tolerance for homosexuals breached his rights under the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.

However, the Constitutional Court ruled today that, the stations, through their editorial control must have the right to determine what they broadcast, the time at which any broadcast is made and the manner in which it is done.

Georgia Gibson-Henlin who represented TVJ says her client is satisfied with the outcome, adding that the court ruling recognises the rights of the media house to its property.

Tomlinson had contended that the advertisement does not violate broadcasting laws or regulations and as such the television stations are unjustified in refusing to air it.

It is not yet clear whether Tomlinson will appeal the ruling.

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