THE PRESS ASSOCIATION IS ALIVE! THERE IS HOPE

FreePress1PRESS RELEASE – “We note that Prime Minister Simpson-Miller has not granted any substantive interview since assuming that office more than 15 months ago despite formal and informal requests from media houses.”

PAJ PRESS RELEASE TODAY

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) wishes to assure the people of Jamaica that our media practitioners remain committed to the search for truth and the holding to account of public and private officials to good governance and transparency in the conduct of their affairs on behalf of the public.

We hold sacred our commitment to pursue the truth, however inconvenient for some and in doing so will always endeavour to accord due respect for the offices of public officials.

The PAJ reiterates that we take seriously any credible charge that some journalists, in the course of conducting their duties, may have been disrespectful to anyone and remind media practitioners of their duty to show due respect to all regardless of their standing in the society.

However, we are concerned that there are deliberate efforts being made to shield the Prime Minister from facing questions on current and controversial national issues that demand answers and comment from her.

We note that Prime Minister Simpson-Miller has not granted any substantive interview since assuming that office more than 15 months ago despite formal and informal requests from media houses.

This is not good enough, especially at a time when the country is being bedeviled by chronic economic, social and governance problems.

The PAJ is prepared to meet with the administration to address any concerns it may have and give it an opportunity to resolve the issues working journalists are now having and welcome the invitation from minister with responsibility for information Sandrea Falconer to begin the discussions this Thursday.

Contact:

Arthur Hall

2ndVice President

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  1. Mr. Hall if you were as capable as the prime minister to answer questions on current event would you be willing to talk to the press without prepared notes? The lady knows her limitations; but please do not let that stop you from getting to the truth or at least getting a statement.

    • This “current event” is very close to the Prime Minister’s office, and clearly relates to a decision that she personally made; so she should be able to speak without prepared notes on it – after consulting with her media advisors, of course. (Who ARE her media advisors?) A Prime Minister should not have any “limitations” when it comes to addressing such an issue. Her team need to be working on a schedule of proper sit-down interviews (radio and TV), and possibly a town hall meeting or two (without long speeches, just Q&A). They are falling down badly on the job. I am glad that the PAJ has issued this release, which is quite fair and balanced. As I said in my blog recently, a good leader needs to communicate properly. This has not been happening. A complete rethink of her relationship with the media, and procedures/strategies going forward, it needed urgently.

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