MAJ Breakfast Seminar 2010 - Jamaica's Defamation Laws PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 July 2010 00:00

A breakfast seminar hosted by Media Association Jamaica Limited.

Monday, July 12, 2010 @ 8am
El Dorado Room
Terra Nova All Suites Hotel

MAJ Breakfast Seminar Address 2010: Jamaica's Defamation Laws - speaker Kathy-Ann Waterman PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 July 2010 00:00

Full text of paper presented at breakfast seminar hosted by Media Association of Jamaica at Terra Nova hotel on July 12, 2010. Presenter Kathy Ann Waterman is a Trinidadian journalist and editor who is also an attorney at law.


The Media Association of Jamaica ought to be congratulated for keeping alive the issue of freedom of the press and engaging the region in the discussion. The last time we in Trinidad and Tobago had any public debate about libel law reform was 1997 and it all ended in a huge row between then PM Basdeo Panday and Ken Gordon, head of Caribbean Communications Network, publishers of the Express newspaper. The government had published a Green Paper  outlining its proposals for reform and Ken Gordon heavily criticised the Green Paper and Mr Panday’s administration. This led to Mr Panday accusing Mr Gordon of being a pseudo-racist which led to Mr Gordon launching a defamation suit which went all the way to the Privy Council and was concluded in Mr Gordon’s favour.  Since then, no one has been talking about libel law reform.

MAJ Breakfast Seminar Address 2009: "Views On Defamation Reform In Jamaica" by J. Cumberbatch PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 September 2009 00:00

Seminar held on September 28, 2009 - Views on the Direction of Recommendations made in the Justice Hugh Small Report "Review of Jamaica's Defamation Laws".

Guest Speaker:  Jeff Cumberbatch, Attorney-At-Law and Consultant, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.


I am asked to analyse the report and recommendations of the Small Committee on the reform of the law of defamation in Jamaica.  I have chosen to do so based on the assumption that these recommendations will be accepted in whole by the Jamaica legislature; and my present concern is what implications such an acceptance will have for freedom of expression for the media in Jamaica.

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