President of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL), Clinton Reynolds, has responded to statements made by Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) President Karolin Troubetzkoy, about the local press.
In her New Year’s message, Troubetzkoy said she wish that “some of our local press”, will spend more time in 2016 to check the accuracy of their news stories and be more sensitive to the damage which “irresponsible reporting” can do.
The businesswoman also said in her message, that she hopes that the international press will predominantly feature “many positive stories” about Saint Lucia.
But Reynold is reported in the media as saying, that Troubetzkoy should justify her statements made in her New Year’s message about the local press, by providing examples.
The MASL head said there are several media organizations here and admitted that in a few instances some of them might get it wrong, explaining that the media is not perfect.
However, Reynolds said making such a broad statement is not acceptable.
There have been attempts in the past to get the media to stop placing emphasis on crime or any story that may shed a negative light on the island, but news owners and editors have long argued that it is their responsibility to deliver the news to the people.