ACM: Charges against newspaper officials “disproportionate”
The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) doesn’t believe criminal charges should have been filed against three Nation newspaper officials over the publication of the picture of two school children having sex in a classroom. But it’s also not happy about the reaction of a Government minister to a Jamaica Gleaner newspaper editorial which suggested the charges were politically motivated.
Newly elected ACM President Clive Bacchus said earlier this month that the use of the photograph was “not in keeping with the best journalistic practice”. However, the association suggested today that the charges were an overreaction.
Here is the ACM’s latest statement on the matter:
The ACM is alarmed at what appears to have been a disproportionate official response to the publication of a story in the Barbados Nation on October 26 reporting on sexual acts involving two young students.