The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) is calling for the government to resume, its post-Cabinet press briefings.
In a statement this afternoon, PAJ President, Dionne Jackson Miller, says there’ve been no post-Cabinet briefings held since the start of the year. She says the last such briefing was held in November 2017 and they were held very irregularly throughout that year.
Mrs. Jackson Miller says the government seems to have effectively abandoned the post-Cabinet press briefings. She describes the situation as unacceptable.
The PAJ president says for years, the weekly meetings have been the forum in which reporters have been able to question Government Ministers on matters arising from the weekly Cabinet meetings, as well as other issues of national interest.
She says they’ve been held regularly by previous administrations, both JLP and PNP.
Mrs. Jackson Miller is calling on the Andrew Holness administration to continue this valuable democratic tradition. She says she’s not contending the government has held no press briefings, as there have been several in the past few months.
However, they usually relate to specific issues. The PAJ President also acknowledges the quarterly press briefings which the Prime Minister has held.
She says she’s referring specifically to the weekly press conferences which the media community regards as an important forum in which to question and engage the government.