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Today is World Press Freedom Day
and, to date, local journalists are hold-
ing their own, says Sunity Maharaj,
media consultant and managing direc-
tor of the Lloyd Best Institute of the
West Indies. "The situation is not par-
Referring to the tensions between
some members of the media and the
Government, Maharaj said she did not
think it was unhealthy in a democracy.
The media is perceived as the watchdog
by members of the public, and the Gov-
ernment is defending its position, she
said, and this was not new and had
existed under different administrations.
"I am not saying the Government
does not try to influence the media by
using soft tactics like bribes, but I don't
think journalists are cowed."
She said there are individual politi-
cians who may have also crossed the
line by invading a reporter's privacy.
Maharaj said all journalists needed
to do is abide by their own code of
conduct and ethics.
Asked to comment on members of
the media having relationships with
politicians, she repeated, "Media houses
need to be rigorous in abiding by their
own code of conduct."
She said if a reporter finds him-or
herself in a situation where there is a
conflict of interest, the matter should
be brought into the open and dealt with
professionally. If it was just gossip, it
would be laid to rest.
Journalists the T&T Guardian spoke
to said they do not feel oppressed at
any point in time.
"Once you can prove it's the truth
and it falls within the tenets of good
journalism, there's nothing to fear.
"Even if politicians try to intimidate
you, there is recourse."
Local radio commentators yesterday
felt the local media focused too much
on crime and politics.
As T&T celebrates World Press Freedom Day....
by own code of
The milliary can play a vital role in assisting their
police counterparts in the fight against crime.
This was the consensus of national security leaders
from across the region who led discussions at the
Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and
Security's (Impacs) 18th joint meeting of Caricom
Standing Committees of Commissioners of Police
and Military Chiefs yesterday.
Speaking briefly with reporters during a press con-
ference at the Hyatt Regency, Wrightson Road, Port-
of-Spain, Police Commissioner for Montserrat and
chairman of the meeting Steve Foster stressed the
need for collaboration between the police and military
forces in Caricom member-states.
"I am aware that the military has different roles
of engagement to the police. However, with properly
crafted protocols the roles can be harmonised and
the partnerships can be developed," Foster said.
Foster noted that a main function of yesterday's
conference was to give representatives attending the
event an opportunity to discuss successful anti-crime
measures being used in other member-states which
could be also implemented in their territory.
"We looked at transnational organised crime,
Caricom servicemen must
collaborate says Montserrat CoP
JENSEN LA VENDE
old Kerron Castillo
died trying to save the
life of his girlfriend,
and their unborn child
after he swerved his
car so that the impact
of a crash would be on
the driver s side
instead of the passen-
ger s side on Thursday
Speaking with the
media at the Forensic
national joint communication centres and areas spe-
cific to security from military and police perspectives."
He said drug and human trafficking, the prolif-
eration of small arms and ammunition and money
laundering were some of the major issues affecting
the region which were discussed at the meeting.
Chairman of the committee of military chiefs,
Commodore Roderick Bowe, also spoke at the event
and used T&T and St Kitts and Nevis as two examples
where military personnel were called upon to assist
the police directly in the fight against crime.
Last year, the T&T Government sought to introduce
the Miscellaneous Provisions (Defence and Police
Complaints) Bill in Parliament which would have
given soldiers the temporary legal powers to assist
in crime-fighting measures. The bill was passed in
the Lower House, however, the Government was
unable to secure a three-fifth majority in the Senate
which was required for the bill to be passed. Although
the bill has lapsed, police and soldiers continue to
engage in joint patrols in some crime hotspots.
In his contribution yesterday, Bowe, the commander
of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, explained that
in his country his officers play a completely different
role than here.
"Our role has been more in replacing police officers
to do sedentary duties and allowing the police officers
to go on the streets to increase presence," Bowe said.
However, he noted that while the combined efforts
of the two agencies in his country has had some suc-
cess, there were still some issues.
"I think collaboration with the military pays div-
idends in countries that have allowed it to happen.
However, sometimes when the military is engaged
in police work, their other duties might not be looked
after well," Bowe said.
Garvin Heera, commander of the National Oper-
ations Centre (NOC), also expressed optimism from
yesterday's talks, while stating that regional security
chiefs were impressed by the work his department
was doing and were interested in implementing similar
units and some of the NOC's positive initiatives in
Science Centre, St
James yesterday Ram-
persad said Castillo, of
Paradise Heights, Mor-
vant, was a kind-heart-
ed and loving person
who was always there
for his family.
"I can't remember if
someone hit us or if we
lost control, but I
remember that the
back glass had hit me
in the head. When he
realised he lost control
of the car he swerved
and hit the lamp post
on the driver's side of
the car. If he did not
pull that car to the side
I would have died,"
the accident with
Sharon Greenidge, said
she called her last child
the day before he died
because she had not
heard from him in a
long while and was told
that he was all right.
occurred near the
Caroni Bird Sanctuary
around 6.10 pm on
Thursday. Police said
Castillo was heading
north along the Uriah
Butler Highway when
he lost control of the
car and slammed into
a light pole.
killed in car crash
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