PRESS RELEASE – During the course of October, the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) will be engaged in a UNESCO-supported project to develop a framework for media self-regulation in the Caribbean.
Stakeholder consultations will take place in Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago to explore models and options for media self-regulation and to engage in frank dialogue on media ethics and standards.
In Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, the ACM will also participate in workshops associated with the work of the media at election time and host separate sessions on charting a way forward on the issue of self-regulation.
The Trinidad and Tobago consultations will take place on October 8 and 9 in partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA), Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) and the Ken Gordon School of Journalism and Communication Studies, COSTATT.
The Guyana consultations will be hosted on October 18 and 19 in collaboration with the Guyana Press Association (GPA). The Guyana event is pegged to a workshop sponsored by the Canadian High Commission on media and elections. Likewise, in T&T, there will also be a seminar on covering elections.
On October 25, there will be consultations in St Lucia organised by the Media Association of St Lucia (MASL), in collaboration with the St Lucian campus of Monroe College.
Our consultations in Jamaica will be hosted at the University of the West Indies (UWI) on October 28 in collaboration with the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Caribbean Institute for Media and Communication (CARIMAC).
Among our resource personnel will be: John Yearwood (USA), World Editor at the Miami Herald; Nick Fillmore (Canada), former CBC Canada senior producer and media trainer; Dr Canute James (Jamaica), journalist/media trainer; Wesley Gibbings (Trinidad and Tobago), journalist/media trainer; Byron Buckley (Jamaica), journalist/communication specialist/media trainer.
A discussion paper researched and written by Gibbings is to be circulated for consideration ahead of these consultations and feedback is invited via email to [email protected].