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PM says Gov't committed to competitive and diverse media landscape

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2013 | 5:04 PM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has used the occasion of the 2013 National Journalism Week to reiterate that her Administration remains committed to a media landscape that is diverse and competitive.

National Journalism Week in Jamaica is being observed from November 24-29.

In her message to mark the celebrations, Simpson Miller also congratulated the Press Association of Jamaica on its 70th anniversary, which she says is a feat in itself.

The Prime Minister says her Government remains committed to a pluralist democracy where the voice of the people is strong and opinions are passionately held.

She singled out Parliament’s recent passage of a new defamation law that abolishes criminal defamation.

The new law also removes the assessment of damage from a jury, placing that determination in the hands of a judge.

Simpson Miller says it is an important step in enhancing press freedom in Jamaica and to which her Administration remains firmly committed.


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