JFJ will not silence me, says Raymond Pryce
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
North East St Elizabeth Member of Parliament, Raymond Pryce, says he will not be muzzled by human rights lobby group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ).
Pryce was reacting after the JFJ questioned the timing of his Parliamentary motion for lobby and special interest groups to make public disclosures on their sources of funding.
The JFJ has branded Pryce's motion as propaganda.
Other critics have insisted that the focus should be on the Government to enact legislation for the disclosure of contributors and their amounts to political parties.
But Pryce says the JFJ’s criticism is an attempt to silence him as a representative of the people.
While expressing support for legislation to disclose the sources of funding in the spirit of accountability, JFJ spokesperson, Susan Goffe, said the timing of Pryce's motion suggests the Government’s discomfort and intention to discredit the lobby group because of the current row over an online petition highlighting the plight of children in State care.
Goffe says the JFJ has been registered with the Companies Office and has over the past 13 years published at annual general meetings, audited financial statements on its funding.
Pryce has said his recent attendance at a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association conference in London awakened his consciousness regarding the need for full transparency in all areas in the country.
Last week, the Government accused the JFJ of using its online petition to damage Jamaica’s reputation and submitted the document to the Attorney General to see if any sanctions were applicable.
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