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.