Nation photo not good journalism

04-11-13 Nation photo not good journalism - ACM - Bacchus - Photo 1

The Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers has joined in criticism of the controversial Nation newspaper article, captioned Sex Scene, saying use of the photograph was in poor taste.

Newly elected ACM President, Clive Bacchus, told Barbados Today, “I don’t think use of the photograph is in keeping with the best journalistic practice”.

Since publication of the article, in its October 26 Saturday Sun edition, the newspaper has come under severe criticism from many Barbadians and a number of organisations across the island, with Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, saying last week he will check whether any laws were breached, and press charges if so.

Now the Trinidad and Tobago-based umbrella organisation for national associations across the Caribbean and individual journalists has added its stamp of disapproval to the chorus of objections.

” A key journalistic question that always needs to be asked when using potentially contentious photographs is ‘what does it add to the story’?” Bacchus said last night, and added, “The journalistic issue regarding the value of the photograph could have been addressed using existing media standards and a sense of good taste”.

The comment by Bacchus, who is based in St Kitts and Nevis, comes against the backdrop of the ACM adopting a resolution on media self-regulation at its 7th Biennial General Assembly on October 27 – one day following the nation’s contentious publication.

The resolution states in part, “good journalistic standards are based on professional ethical principles, to which media practitioners must adhere”.

9 Responses to Nation photo not good journalism

  1. Enam Idrissa
    Enam Idrissa November 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm


  2. Sheri Veronica
    Sheri Veronica November 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    They always use the poorest photo possible. Sick humor I suppose….

  3. Carl Applewhaite
    Carl Applewhaite November 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    That’s right. Let’s hide/cover-up everything the young children are doing. They also should not have printed the picture of the students who went to the MOE in the ‘pouring rain’ after being suspended for arriving at school late repeatedly. Let’s just cover-up everything. This is Barbados.

  4. Carl Applewhaite
    Carl Applewhaite November 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Not a word about the boy. I guess the girl was doing what she was doing all by herself, with an apparition behind her. Give me a break. I thought that when someone is suspended they remained suspended pending investigation. The MOE has a new rule, reinstate then investigate. Am I behind the times?

  5. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua November 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Said that long time …

  6. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua November 4, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Said that long time …

  7. james wilkinson November 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Whats wrong with posting that video in the paper.?

  8. DeAmour Murrell
    DeAmour Murrell November 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I understand the concern, but honestly, I don’t think that people would have been as passionate for something to be done about the problem if the photograph was not published. I strongly believe that if the photo was not printed, that it most people would have ignored the issue.

  9. Ras Rika Inniss
    Ras Rika Inniss November 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    it was done get over it….NOW,deal with the bigger picture.jeez


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