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Jamaica Gov't respects women, says high commissioner

Published:Friday | March 25, 2011 | 3:00 AM

Jamaica's High Commissioner in London, Anthony Johnson, has written to the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), assuring that body that his government holds the rights of women as inviolable.

Johnson was responding to correspondence from the CBA which had expressed its concern about reports that former parliamentarian Everald Warmington had, during a local interview, treated a female journalist with demeaning and intimidatory language.

Warmington's behaviour has drawn condemnation from female media practitioners who have demanded that he not be considered to contest a by-election for the South West St Catherine seat he vacated in light of his previous dual-citizenship status.

"I have just received your letter with respect to an incident involving a member of the present Government," Johnson said in his letter, dated March 18, to CBA Secretary General Sally-Ann Wilson.

"I am advised by my headquarters that the matter is being dealt with as a very serious issue. As soon as I am advised of the actions to be taken, I will advise you."

He added: "You may be assured that the Government of Jamaica holds the rights of women as inviolable and we fully respect the rights of journalists to be treated with respect while carrying out their duties."