PAJ Concerned about Uncertainty Surrounding Jamaica House Press Briefings

The Press Association of Jamaica, PAJ, is still expressing concerns about the uncertainty of whether post Cabinet press briefings will be held on a regular basis.

The PAJ and editors from across the media held a meeting today in the wake of news that post-cabinet press briefings would resume next week.

President of the PAJ, Dionne Jackson Miller says the post-cabinet briefings should be held regularly to give newsrooms ample time to prepare for and cover the events.

She’s also rejecting some assertions made in the media by Information Minister Ruel Reid.

The PAJ President says post Cabinet briefings weren’t being held regularly.

Mrs. Jackson-Miller says this is a concern that is shared across the media.

In a statement today, the PAJ and news managers from several media houses called for the Holness-administration to commit to a fixed day and time for briefings every week.

It says this should be done as soon as possible after the Cabinet meetings.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Jackson Miller is also raising concerns regarding the expected format of the press briefings when they resume.

Earlier this week, Information Minister Ruel Reid, indicated that the format of the press briefings could change to have a non-Cabinet government spokesperson in charge of the meeting.

He also suggested that in the age of social media the frequent formal briefings weren’t necessary. But Mrs. Jackson Miller rejects the assertion.

She says the briefings should be run by a cabinet minister with the authority to speak on cabinet level matters.


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