Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment Brown, is urging both major political parties, the People’s National Party and the Jamaica Labour Party, to tone down what she’s describing as hostile rhetoric currently dominating the social media space.
In a statement yesterday, Mrs. Parchment Brown noted that the language and actions on some social media platforms must be responsible and accountable, notwithstanding the fact that faces are hidden by a screen.
She’s calling on officials of both major political parties and their supporters to remove the posts on social media that demean and distort.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Parchment Brown says her office applauds the recent meeting of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. She says the meeting on matters of national security happened at a very toxic time for Jamaica.
The Political Ombudsman says the other meetings proposed require the party leaders and their teams show wisdom, restraint and respect for those who are not at the table. She notes that the leaders must recognize that they are meeting to act in the interest of the people of Jamaica.
Mrs. Parchment Brown is calling for the officials of political parties and supporters to put forward material that will help their leaders to arrive at the best course of action that will improve the welfare of all Jamaicans.