Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 27th 2015 Contents The safety of journalists remains a
high priority for law enforcement
At a meeting with the Media Asso-
ciation (Matt) yesterday, the acting Police
Commissioner assured journalists that
their safety is "a major area of concern."
Acting Commissioner Stephen
Williams met with a Matt delegation
that included its president Francesca
Hawkins, secretary Jabari Fraser, floor
member Dr Sheila Rampersad to discuss
matters of mutual interest.
Matt officials said they were con-
cerned over police treatment of threats
made against journalists via social media,
among other issues.
Williams said the Police Service would
work with the Association to probe the
online harassment of journalists.
The meeting was held at the Police
Administration Building, Port-of-Spain.
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Matt meets with CoP on online threats
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, second from
right, and Media Association President Francesca Hawkins, second
front left, after a meeting at Police Administration Building, Port-
of-Spain, yesterday. Looking on are Matt floor member Dr Sheila
Rampersad and secretary Jabarai Fraser.
PHOTO COURTESY T&T POLICE SERVICE.
Opposition Leader Keith Rowley must
tell the public what specifically was the
People s National Movement s (PNM) posi-
tion on implementing the property tax
which his party plans to return to the sys-
tem, Congress of the People (COP) leader
Prakash Ramadhar has said.
"They (PNM) have no care or love, not
even for PNM s foot soldiers---only for big
business," he said, at a COP Women s
Forum at St Joseph Secondary School, Farm
Road, St Joseph on Thursday.
He warned that many of the People s
Partnership (PP) initiatives would be stopped
if the governing coalition didn t win elec-
tions and the PNM had already confirmed
it would return many former plans including
the Property Tax, Rapid Rail and energy
Ramadhar said the PP, however, was
moving towards new initiatives such as a
ten year passport instead of the current
five year passport in a bid to deal with
problems of long waiting periods for a pass-
port and changing them often.
He said the PP had made certain forces
The Council for Responsible Political Behaviour has
so far received just under 50 complaints and there s a
"good chance" it may also be looking at Independent
Liberal Party leader Jack Warner s statements, says
council chairman Dr Bishnu Ragoonath.
He confirmed the situation on Thursday when asked
about the complaint sent to the council by United National
Congress (UNC) deputy leader Dr Roodal Moonilal about
a social media posting which claimed he had a "palatial"
house under construction in Gulf View, San Fernando.
Moonilal said this was false, but it was being repeated on
the Facebook page of a People s National Movement (PNM)
Moonilal s letter
was set to the
council s secretari-
at but he hadn t
seen it yet.
must come before
council and they ll
determine what happens, our next meeting is Monday
after next," said Ragoonath.
"Complaints so far come from across the board, mainly
citizens with concerns about certain things. The complaints
we had were about previous meetings but there was nothing
we could have claimed as signficant breach of the code."
On the utterences filling the political landscape, he said,
"Up to our last meeting (on Monday) held we felt the
leaders were acting responsibly."
Asked if the council was looking at modus operandi of
embattled ILP leader and his controversial allegations,
tapes (which some have disputed) and insinuations,
Ragoonath said, "not just yet, but there s a good chance
we d be looking at what he s been saying as this may be
the basis of complaints we may get, but I can t say if we
Ragoonath said he d heard about complaints regarding
remarks on the recent PNM Belmont platform. He added,
"Our challenge is to determine what could be deemed
political picong as opposed to insults and whether politicians
are playing to the crowd or being responsible---that has
to be the consideration."
COP leader calls on Rowley
Tell all on tax plans
As campaign heats up
uncomfortable since they feel they have
a "pre-ordained right to power" and
any other group that may seek this,
ought not to enter and would be
attacked. He said there has been a rise
in ferocity of attacks and he s never
seen TT politics so low.
"I call on the media to make it reality
that anyone who makes an allegation
must come with facts and shouldn t
be permitted to offload their rubbish
on society s impressionable minds. We
believe in a free press and its protec-
tion---protect us now from falsehoods,
please," Ramadhar said.
If falsehoods were allowed to con-
tinue, Ramadhar said, it would lead to
decimation of everything right, decent
and proper, such as in Nazi Germany
when propaganda led to the decimation
He said "they" are attacking insti-
tutions, offices and personalities so that
youths will think everything in politics
was rotten. Many youths, he said, don t
remember PNM rule.
"No wonder so many are undecided
and don t want to vote...but come Sep-
tember 7 a decision will be made and
you re part of it. And you re either going
to be a hero for change or a victim of
failure to participate...TT is on the brink
of either something great or tragic."
He said there would be a new gov-
ernment after September 8 and "we
expect it to be the PP...but our work
won t be easy."
He said the best way to push back
five years of propaganda was to "talk
the truth and talk to everyone."
Ramadhar said the PP wasn t perfect
and had made mistakes, but had learned
"There are certain things we won t
tolerate---corruption, low-level behav-
iour, dishonesty, dishonour and the old
politics of discrimination, racism and
He said some had been troubled
about talk of negotiations by PP parties
for seats. But he said he and the Prime
Minister had spoken and seats which
COP occupied, COP would contest.
He said UNC s nomination submis-
sion closed yesterday and COP s closes
July 3. After screening by both, he said,
"because the stakes are so high" coali-
tion partners would examine the quality
of candidates presented by the Part-
nership and negotiate on that basis. He
said many who left the COP were
During the meeting speakers dis-
closed that COP s Sharon Gopaul
McNichol was being nominated for St
Joseph and Avonelle Hector (daughter
of former NAR Diego Martin MP Mar-
garet Hector) for a Diego Martin seat.
African and East Indian dancers dance to David Rudder's Ganges and The Nile at a Congress of the People Women's Forum
meeting at the St Joseph Secondary School on Thursday night. PHOTO:MARCUS GONZALES
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