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Government frustrated at lack of media complaints authority

Published:Friday | July 5, 2013 | 4:47 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer is expressing frustration that there is no self-regulating body in the media to provide avenues for member of the public to seek redress without going through the courts.




Falconer said the matter needs to be addressed as she made her contribution to the debate on the Defamation Act which is to replace the decades-old libel and slander laws.



Falconer said the Government has done its part and media owners and practitioners must now reciprocate.



She said it is concerning that after almost fifty years since the establishment of a code of ethics for journalists in 1965, there is no media or press complaints authority.



She argued that the media must be accountable to the people and should not have to depend on letters to editors.



Last year, president of the Press Association of Jamaica, Jenni Campbell explained that the process towards a press complaints council has been stymied by the decision of the Media Association Jamaica Ltd not to support the move.



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