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President of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), Byron Buckley, has lauded members of the media for the level of courage they have displayed in covering the police/military operation in sections of West Kingston.
“I think the media was courageous in going out there. There are one and two things that we are going to need to review and do better next time, but all in all, I think the media carried out its role of informing and making sure that people know what is happening,” he told JIS News during an interview yesterday (May 30).
Mr. Buckley said the areas that need to be re-assessed include the press carrying uncorroborated reports; how to better plan strategically to get access to certain locations; and making sure media personnel are safe, among other things.
He contended that despite the media carrying unconfirmed reports, “I think the media has covered the events fairly well”.
He expressed appreciation that “the information flow is opening up now,” with the media allowed access to some areas, even while the operation continues.
Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, had announced during a press conference at the Hilton Kingston Hotel on Thursday, May 27, that arrangements had been made to allow local and overseas media access to the West Kingston community.
“The information flow is opening up now and hopefully, we will be able to give an account of some things based on what the security forces is telling us and the residents’ accounts,” Mr. Buckley said.
He added that the security forces were also forthcoming with information in the lead up to the West Kingston operation.