ACM calls for removal of criminal defamation laws

The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) will be rallying its membership to advocate for the removal of criminal defamation laws.

President of the ACM Wesley Gibings told the organizations 10th Regional Conference in Dominica on Wednesday that the time has come to remove criminal defamation from the statute books.

“The IPI and the ACM signed a memorandum earlier their year to collaborate on several things in addition to the forthcoming congress and some of the headlining issues is that of criminal defamation,” he said.

He said some countries have already made the move.

Gibbings was retained as President while Richard Charles was retained at Vice President. Nichole Best of Grenada replaced Thelia Remy as General Secretary.

Meantime Public Relations Officer of the Media Workers Association of Dominica Mat Peltier said the meeting of regional journalists took place as a crucial time.

“We meet at a time when there are moves by the police to investigate the identity of individuals writing under pen names, while there are moves by the National Radio station to suspend journalists who ran stories about the Opposition and we meet at a time when government officials are reluctant to meet with some members of the press,” he said.

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7 Comments

  1. 1979 LIVES!!!
    October 14, 2011

    PEOPLE, ALLU DOE FED UP OF THE PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT THAT SOME PEOPLE IN HIGH SOCIETY GETTING WHEN THEY ARE CAUGHT IN COMPROMISING SITUATIONS????

    IN MY HUMBLE OPINION: THIS AMENDMENT WILL BE A DETERRENT FOR THOSE SEEKING TO PERPETRATE CORRUPT ACTS AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF DOMINICA,

    AND FURTHER IT WILL BE INCENTIVE FOR THE SQUARE PEGS TO STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM OUR ROUND HOLES.

    FOR ALL DONKEY TO STAY OUT OF HORSE RACE

    AND ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO PRESENT THEMSELVES TO ACT IN POSITIONS OF LEADERSHIP ARE TRUE STATESMEN AND PEOPLE OF ETHICS AND INTEGRITY.

    WE THE PEOPLE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHO IS DOING WHAT!!!!!! WITH OUR TAX MONEY….

    THIS WILL CREATE GREATER TRANSPARENCY AND SEND THOSE WITH EVIL INTENTIONS BACK INTO THE SHADOWS WHERE THEY BELONG!

    • Wait A Minute
      October 14, 2011

      RUBBISH TALK as usual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • 1979 LIVES!!!
        October 14, 2011

        but WAIT A MINUTE, you have something to hide man????

        I DON’T….

        con di buwo

        hahahahahahaha

  2. Wait A Minute
    October 14, 2011

    Hahaha. Matt, you and Lennox would like that eh? So you could go destroying eveyone who do not support your selfish political agendas and perspectives!!!!!!!!

    • executive command.
      October 14, 2011

      you are still stuck in idiots ville…..

      Question: Do you know who’s equipment is cleaning up the layou disaster site?????

      you wouldn’t KNOW because you think that EVERYONE wants to stay UNKNOWING and OBLIVIOUS ABOUT WHO IS DOING WHAT IN “OUR” COUNTRY

      Enlighten us with your PERSPECTIVE of the fact that not one peice of DOMINICAS PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS AT LAYOU HELPING WITH THE CLEAN UP EFFORT……

      I ask again, who is being PAID AND PROFITING FROM REMOVING the sand from the layou disaster site….

      INVESTIGATE AND COME BACK AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU FIND OUT!!

  3. Remember the Bible
    October 13, 2011

    DNO this article falls short! There were many critical issues raised made by the ACM. This little five paragraph article is not doing justice to their presentation!

    • mouth of the south
      October 13, 2011

      well d.n.o is in for profit… esp the last paragraph quoting mr peltier… that will definitely boost comments lol… but the heading won’t draw the politically hungry bloggers… they’ll be on the mr austrie story… next time d.n.o give it this heading… ‘journalist matt peltier and members of the acm call for removal of criminal defamation laws’… that’ll definitely get peeps attention…

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