And, The Press Association of Jamaica, the PAJ, says it’s alarmed at the threats made against a CVM TV videographer, Kirk Hall.
In a statement this morning, the PAJ condemned the harassment of Mr. Hall and his family as a direct result of performing his duties.
It notes that the cameraman has been receiving threatening and abusive phone calls following last week’s airing of a story containing controversial comments made by Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller .
PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller says the association rejects and condemns the actions by thugs trying to intimidate a media colleague.
She says it’s ironic that the threats to Kirk Hall have come during the celebration of National Journalism Week.
Mrs. Jackson Miller says it must be noted that the cameraman was doing his job.
She says the videographer brought to national attention comments by an elected representative, no less than the Opposition Leader, which sparked national dialogue and attracted significant criticism.
Mrs. Jackson Miller says this is exactly the role that media workers are to play in informing the public.
She says the PAJ is very disturbed that the life and safety of Mr. Hall may now be at risk as a result of carrying out his duties.
Mrs. Jackson Miller notes that the threats have been reported to the police, whom she says have been been very helpful.
In thanking the Police, the PAJ President is urging law enforcement to quickly complete their investigations into this matter.
Jackson Miller says press freedom is one of the foundation stones of any democratic society.
Mrs. Jackson Miller implored the media fraternity to stand with Kirk Hall and colleagues at CVM Television.
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