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It was journalists, through the Caribbean
Association of Media Workers, who
requested help from the Government for
training for journalists, and not the other
way around, says Minister of Communi-
cations Gerald Hadeed.
Hadeed was responding to concerns
among some members of the media over
a release he sent yesterday that said his
ministry would be working with the T&T
Publishers and Broadcasters Association
(TTPBA) on media training.
The release said Hadeed, at a meeting
with the TTBPA executive yesterday, agreed
to support training proposed by the
Caribbean Association of Media Workers.
The training is designed to help media
workers upgrade their skills. The release
said Hadeed raised the issue of balance in
reporting, a concern the TTPBA support-
ed.It was from this mutual interest in
improving the standard of journalism that
the minister and TTPBA agreed to work
together on providing more opportunities
for training for journalists, the release said.
Contacted for a comment yesterday,
Hadeed said the TTPBA had requested his
assistance and he acceded.
"It was their suggestion. I did not ask for
journalists to be trained."
Hadeed said quite frankly he believed
media houses should send journalists for
training in investigative journalism. For those
interested, the Government will have no
problem in assisting with scholarships, he
Among other issues raised by the TTPBA
at the meeting were transition to a digital
broadcast standard, the Broadcast Code,
the role of the media and election adver-
According to the release, TTPBA president
Darren Lee Sing said the association was
extremely pleased with the minister s
response and was looking forward to more
dialogue with him.
The announcement on the impending
collaboration between the Government and
the media came three days after Independent
senator Anthony Vieira drew the ire of the
TTPBA and the Media Association of T&T
when he suggested that journalists should
disclose their political persuasion.
He made the call during debate on a
motion on regulating political campaign
financing, saying this was important because
public should know if a media house is
hijacked by special interests or people with
Lee Sing said the media operated inde-
pendently and must continue to operate in
this manner, while MATT president Curtis
Williams said the media operated freely and
independently and Viera s position was
Tunapuna housewife Shirley Sookar,
who had to file legal action to get her
judgment after the judge hearing her case
resigned, is now challenging the consti-
tutionality of a ruling by Justice David
Myers migrated to Barbados but was
reappointed a judge to deliver her ruling
Two years after resigning from the judi-
ciary, Myers was appointed a temporary
judge to give judgment in Sookar s mat-
ter.In a constitutional motion filed against
the State, Sookar, who is being represented
by attorneys Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj,
SC, Larry Lalla and Alvin Ramroop, said
for the past ten years she had been denied
full use of her property, at 25 Fairley Street,
without due process.
A dispute over the property arose when
Sookar s relationship with her relatives
Sookar also contended the delay in judg-
ment also affected her husband s health.
He died in February 2004 while the judg-
ment was pending.
"On many days I would sit and cry in
utter frustration at the thought that I was
being deprived of the free use of my prop-
erty and there was nothing I could do
about it," Sookar said in an affidavit.
"I was very hurt and disappointed at
the justice I was receiving at the hands
of our court system."
The grounds of application said Myers,
upon his resignation, had no jurisdiction
to deliberate and give a judgment in 2009.
It added Myers, who resigned in 2007,
could not legally or constitutionally deter-
mine Sookar s case.
Sookar contended that the appointment
of Myers as an acting judge for the sole
purpose of delivering his outstanding judg-
ments was constitutionally null and void.
Sookar s case is of greater significance
now, after Chief Justice Ivor Archie reap-
pointed retired judge Sebastian Ventour
for a day, on Thursday, to deliver three
Prior to this, however, Ventour resigned
from his position on the Integrity Com-
mission, throwing the body into a tail-
Housewife challenges 'retired' judge's ruling
Regional body asked for help
Hadeed on govt-aided training for journalists:
Mon Repos RC student Caleb Hinds performs
This is a Call during the San Fernando Carnival
Committee's Junior Calypso preliminaries at
the City Hall Auditorium yesterday. The annual
event attracted scores of competitors.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Minister of Communications Gerald Hadeed
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