Jamaica court throws out application from gay activist

KINGSTON – A constitutional court in Jamaica has refused to force three television stations to air an advertising promoting tolerance for homosexuals.

Gay rights activist and attorney, Maurice Tomlinson went to the court challenging the decision by TVJ, CVM-TV, and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of jamaica not to play the ads.

He had argued that the action of the stations breaches the charter of fundamental rights and freedoms.

But the three-member panel comprising Justices Paulette Williams, Bryan Sykes and Leighton Pusey ruled that the stations must have the right to determine what they broadcast, the time at which any broadcast is made and the manner in which it is done.

The court added that Section 3 of the Charter of Rights does not give any private citizen the right to use another private person’s property to disseminate any message.


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