President of the Press Association of Jamaica, PAJ, George Davis, says the false report by the Sunday Gleaner that nurses and doctors had tested positive for COVID-19 was a teaching moment for the media fraternity.

There’ve been calls for the PAJ to speak out on the matter.

Mr. Davis addressed the issue on Nationwide this morning.

Mr. Davis says following discussions with the reporter of the story, no malice was intended.

Meanwhile, the PAJ President is reiterating that it’s not within the remit of the Association to publicly sanction reporters who’ve blundered in their reports.

George Davis, President of the Press Association of Jamaica.

Mr. Davis says the Association’s press release last Monday was not meant to chatise the government for not taking any questions from the media at one of its COVID-19 media briefings.

The PAJ’s press release had noted with concern Friday’s media conference which lasted for well over an hour, but concluded without taking any questions from Journalists.  

But Mr. Davis says the press release from the PAJ was just a reminder to the government.

George Davis, President of the Press Association of Jamaica.