CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) Monday condemned the shooting incident at the parking lot of a media house in Jamaica last weekend.
The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) as well as the government and opposition parties have condemned the attack on Nationwide News Network (NNN).
Two vehicles were damaged, one of them had at least four bullet holes and a shattered front passenger window. Several employees were in the parking lot at the time of the attack, but no one was hurt.
The PAJ has called on the police to swiftly investigate the incident, apprehend the perpetrators, and ensure justice is served and also urged all Jamaicans to unite in condemning this act of violence against the press.
The ACM called for “swift and impartial police investigation into shooting” as it condemned the shooting outside Nationwide News Network’s Offices.
In a statement, the CBU, a not-for-profit association of public service and commercial broadcasters in the Caribbean, said it was joining the media fraternity around the region in condemning the incident.
The CBU described the “drive-by shooting at the offices of Nationwide News Network (NNN); an unprecedented event for media in the English-speaking Caribbean.
“ While police investigations are still ongoing, CBU notes the significant effect the incident has had on news professionals in Jamaica, who are now required to take additional security measures until the perpetrators are identified.”
The CBU said it has stepped up its advocacy for journalists’ safety in the Caribbean recognizing the deterioration of the region’s rating in recent press freedom reports related to the situations in Haiti, Guyana as well as Jamaica.
“The CBU will be bringing the matter to the attention of regional and global bodies of which it is a member including the Centre for Media Integrity in the Americas as well as the News Committee of the World Broadcasting Unions,” the organisation said.