Monday 15 July, 2019

Crime Commission to be established - Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the Government is to shortly establish a commission to examine and find solutions to the crime problem facing the country.

Holness, who was addressing the opening ceremony for the 49th Annual General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union in Kingston on Monday, appealed to the media to get on board.

The Prime Minister said media participation was necessary as the commission will focus on, among other things, the broadcast, publishing, promotion and projection of material and content that promotes violence. 

He was quick to point out that there was no intention to censor the media but rather encouraged more responsible reporting.

“It is not a topic that I intend to debate along the line of censorship because the truth is, in our local Caribbean experience that doesn’t work. What happens is that you develop a black market for the content effectively that you can’t police, you can’t regulate and it probably gets out of hand even worse,” said Holness.

He acknowledge that for media organisations, “the profit issue is significant.”

“How do you remain viable if you are only putting out PSAs (public service announcements). That is a big issue obviously,” he said.

The Prime Minister also acknowledged that there needs to be a “kind of sit down with members of the media to address how to get the positive messages out there whilst ensuring that your media houses and your publishing houses remain viable.”

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