JIS News

The Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, the Honourable Olivia “Babsy” Grange has expressed shock at the sudden death of journalist Hartley Neita, saying that once again the journalistic fraternity and the nation in general is mourning of one of its great media personalities.
Minister Grange described Mr. Neita who died earlier today, as “someone who showed himself to be a first class human being and communicator of extraordinary skills, serving successive governments for more than three decades.”
She said Mr. Neita had always been creative, sharing and accommodative and that his colleagues had come to know him as someone who would “never let down the side.”
Minister Grange recalled that Mr. Neita was there at the inception of the Government Public Relations Office, the first of the government information agencies, established in the 1950s, and which was the predecessor to the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).
Subsequently, she said, he and a few others had been called upon, without having prior experience, to put together all the media activities for Jamaica’s Independence celebrated in 1962.
Minister Grange said that Mr. Neita had been a top class journalist before entering the government service and that young journalists of today would do well to emulate his career.
Minister Grange who spoke with one of Mr. Neita’s sons, Gairy, this afternoon asked him to pass on her sympathies to his siblings, Gregory, Karen, Michele and Toni-Ann as well as to the rest of his family and friends.