JIS News

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) is pleased that members of the media were allowed access to Tivoli Gardens on a guided tour today (May 27).
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 yesterday (May 26) that arrangements had been made to allow local and overseas media access to the West Kingston community.
Speaking with JIS News, President of the PAJ, Byron Buckley, said that the press being allowed to visit Tivoli Gardens, is important “because we felt that independent scrutiny from the media is required at this time some 72 hours after the operation started.”
He noted that while the operation is still “live”, it is better for the media to go into the community and get some amount of information. “Then, at least, we have a basis to work from, rather than we are not in there at all. So, although it wasn’t the ideal thing, since it was a guided tour, we still think that we were able to at least get some information. Hopefully, we will be able to do a second visit in the near future,” he said.
In terms of how coverage of events in West Kingston is being handled, Mr. Buckley said “the media has pretty much kept the society informed as best as they can.”
“We have given the residents a voice. We run the risk though, of sometimes, carrying uncorroborated a couple of that kind of reporting was done, but I suppose you could understand that based on the situation.but generally, I think that we did our job in trying to get the story and the information out,” Mr. Buckley said.

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