KINGSTON — Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, has listed the re-branding of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), restructuring of airtime reserved for Government broadcasts, and efforts to broker a Code of Conduct and Ethics for local media practitioners, among his main achievements.
Speaking at his last Post-Cabinet media briefing under outgoing Prime Minister, the Hon Bruce Golding, Mr. Vaz said much progress has been made in relation to the JIS re-branding, while the restructuring of airtime for Government broadcasts was “a work in progress”.
Regarding the Code of Conduct and Ethics, Mr. Vaz said that both the Media Association of Jamaica (MAJ) and Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) have concurred that the Code is long overdue and needs to be implemented. In light of this, he expressed the hope that the matter will be carried through, when the leadership transition is completed.
“It is very important, as what has happened under my watch is that sometimes the media is painted with one paint brush, when it is (actually) just particular media persons or media houses that have been accused of the breaches of professionalism and conduct and ethics,” he said.
Mr. Vaz expressed gratitude to Mr. Golding for giving him the opportunity to administrate the information portfolio. A stewardship that, he said, was characterized by openness, honesty, stridency and forthrightness.
He said that he was always prepared to listen and learn, and admit his mistakes but, more importantly, “we have also developed a relationship where sometimes, we agree to disagree, and that is very important”.
By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter