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MAJ fires back at JLP Senator on Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:36 pm

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The Media Association Jamaica Limited (MAJ) will decide its next move on Monday in light of what appears to be the Government's continued attempt to place pressure on the industry.

The Association has noted with grave concern a motion being proposed by Jamaica Labour Party Senator Dennis Meadows.

It is aimed at pushing the MAJ to accept a plan, which among other things, requires radio and television stations to broadcast minute long government news headlines more than 10 times per day.

A statement from MAJ Chairman Gary Allen says the notice given by Senator Meadows appears to be a misguided or underhand approach by the government to continue the incursion against freedom of the media.

This started several months ago when the administration moved to change how it uses government reserved time on radio and television.

The MAJ says it is not sure if Senator Meadows is aware of the present status of discussions on the matter or the issues involved.

The Association contends that if the Senator's action has the support of members of the Golding administration who are in discussion with the MAJ then the approach would be underhand and offensive.

The MAJ says it must immediately consider how it further engages on the matter.

The MAJ also notes that the Senator has positioned his motion to suggest that media entities are acting in self interest and not in the interest of the people of Jamaica.

It rejects that argument as baseless.









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