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JAMAICA | Press freedom must be safeguarded says Robinson

  • Written by Calvin G Brown - wiredja.com
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Featured JAMAICA | Press freedom must be safeguarded says Robinson
Kingston, Jamaica, May 13, 2020: People's National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Information Julian Robinson M.P. said the blocking of journalists who turned up at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) today to provide coverage of the arrival of Jamaicans who were stranded overseas is unacceptable and an unnecessary blot on Jamaica's excellent ranking on the global press freedom index.

Mr. Robinson said the nation relies on the press to keep our people informed and a matter of the arrival of Jamaicans who were stranded overseas on account of COVID-19 restrictions is of extremely high public interest.

“Barring the press suggests that the government has something to hide. The challenges of this pandemic affect all our people and the arrival of Jamaicans back to their own country is something we all would want to celebrate.” Mr. Robinson said.

He said Jamaicans need to be able to trust their government, especially in a time of crisis and this hiding of the truth and downplaying realities do not help in fostering trust.

The Shadow Minister said press freedom is a hard won ordinance that resides in the right of freedom of expression that no government should tinker with at will.

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  • Countries: Jamaica