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Published on : Monday, June 19, 2017
Jamaica Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said that Jamaica is at a delicate crossroad where the media will have to decide whether a culture of “read while you bleed” should be a priority over the national good.
Bartlett noted that while the media should ensure that the public’s right to know is always held in high regard, they should also guard against sacrificing the country’s number one breadwinner on the altar of “salacious headlines”.
To quote Bartlett, “The media are there to ensure we have adequate checks and balances to guard against Government’s excess and that the interest of the public is protected at all times. However, in a Third World country like Jamaica where tourism continues to be the real engine of growth, it is not unreasonable to expect the media to be a responsible partner where there is a balance as it relates to how crime is covered and the type of descriptive language that is used to highlight the problem.”
He said that in jurisdictions where crime is a huge problem, the media there needs to be more conservative in their coverage.
Bartlett said, “Jamaica will be hosting the United Nations World Tourism Conference where already we have 47 countries registered to be here,” he explained. “Are we going to scare them away as well as the 150-plus tourism ministers of the world who are slated to be here?”
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