Jamaican Government “not fighting the media”

| 02/09/2010

(Jamaica Gleaner): The Government has moved to clear the air about its position on the local media in the wake of growing unease following recent comments by Prime Minister Bruce Golding. On Sunday, Golding used a political platform to suggest that sections of the media, and in particular The Gleaner, were working with other groups in pushing a propaganda line while ignoring the facts about the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips affair. The comment attracted immediate criticisms with the Media Association Jamaica Ltd and the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) expressing concern about the implications for media workers. Yesterday, minister with responsibility for information, Daryl Vaz, was adamant that the comments did not represent an attack on the media.

Vaz also rejected claims that the prime minister might have provided a signal to his supporters that sections of the media were enemies of the administration.

"Let me indicate clearly and make it clear to persons who support the Jamaica Labour Party and this Government, that we support nothing untoward against any media house or any media worker," Vaz told The Gleaner.

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  1. One thing I like about Jamaica:  You can never win the battle over their FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Jamaicans can be fasty, and come right in your face and say what they have to say. There are alot of fearless speakers in Jamaica. They have no fear to speak out.

    I wish… at times I could find a lot more Caymanians who has backbone like that. Thank God there are a few!

  2. Anonymous says:

     Mmmmm, What a ‘Golding Bush’ I see awaits us!

  3. Anonymous says:

    "Birds of a feather, flock together"

    Isn’t it very obvious that the two are mingled together!

    UDP and JLP, and Bush and Golding!

    Cayman, we are headed on the same route of destruction that the Politicians caused on Jamaica unless we put put a stop to this Dictator now!

    Its time that we, the good people of Cayman take back control of our Island and stop this madness that has taken over since May 2009!

  4. Anonymous says:

    It is not difficult to see where our Premier receives his mentoring.