DPP Challenges Media To Higher Standards of Reporting


Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP, Paula Llewellyn, is blasting the media for what she’s describing as the publishing of misinformation about the police.

She referenced a recent story in which the Police were accused of trimming and feeding meat to two Rastafarian children.

Reggae entertainer JahDore, whose given name is Sean McDonald, had made the claims in the media recently.

But, the police dismissed the claims saying it was the children’s aunt who took them to the barber and for lunch after the police took members of the family to the station.

Ms Llewellyn says the story could have resulted in the police being hated by the Rastafarian community.

She says the media tend to rush to publish negative news about the police.

And, she says they often fail to publish stories such as recent successes at the courts due to improved cases put together by the police.

Paula Llewellyn, Director of Public Prosecutions, speaking this afternoon at a Rotary Club of Kingston meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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