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PAJ concerned about threats on journalist in Kartel matter

Published:Tuesday | April 15, 2014 | 8:05 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) says it notes with concern, reports that threats have been issued against journalists Karyl Walker of the Jamaica Observer, and Abka Fitz-Henley, of Nationwide News Network, because of their coverage of the Vybz Kartel matter.

Kartel and three of his associates were recently sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

According to the PAJ, while it is not unusual for Jamaican journalists to be threatened because of their work, every threat is serious.

The association condemned "misguided" members of the public who react with violence to news and opinions that they do not support.

The PAJ is also urging the police to investigate the threats and to take action to ensure the safety of Walker and Fitz-Henley.

Yesterday the police high command released a statement saying it had started a probe into the matter.

In the meantime, the PAJ is reminding journalists to continue doing their work without fear or favour, even as they make every effort to ensure their personal safety.


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