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Supreme Court hears audio of Nationwide broadcast in Patterson defamation suit

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2013 | 12:37 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator



The Supreme Court is now hearing audio recordings of the alleged defamatory comments made on Nationwide Radio that triggered a suit against the station and its chief executive officer, Cliff Hughes.




The defamation case has been brought by former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson.



The issue stemmed from Nationwide’s coverage of the arrival of Patterson and several Digicel executives aboard a plane, which landed at the Norman Manley International Airport on May 14, 2009.



Patterson, who was cross-examined yesterday, is being represented by K.D.

Knight and Bert Samuels from the firm, Knight, Junor and Samuels.



Meanwhile, Cliff Hughes is expected to testify later today.



He is being represented by Lord Anthony Gifford.



Justice Paulette Williams is presiding.



In the aftermath of the coverage, the then Byron Buckley-led Press Association of Jamaica had chastised Nationwide for its treatment of the issue.



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