Position Paper on Digital Switch Over - The Broadcast Perspective PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 July 2011 00:00

The Media Association Jamaica Limited wishes to make clearly known its position on the country’s move to have broadcast media operating in a digital format as against the present analogue format.

More than six years ago several media and production facilities in Jamaica started to acquire and utilize components of digital media editing, production, transportation and processing.  This was well in advance of any formal policy discourse on setting a timetable to arrive at decisions on Digital Switch Over (DSO).  This underlines the fact that media in general have long embraced the need to develop digital capabilities.  Media entities and the MAJ are clear supporters of the switch to the use of digital technologies in production and broadcast operations.

Human Resources and Social Development PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00

Mr. Chairman,
Members of the Parliamentary Committee
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I should commend the Committee for the work it has been doing in trying to keep the deliberations current – as current as addressing one of the most recent socio-cultural developments – the Gully/Gaza feud.

Mr. Chairman we note from the correspondence to us that at your meeting of November 11 the invitation to the MAJ was extended on the basis that “While the committee did not cast TOTAL blame on the media for the current situation, there was consensus that the media has a responsibility for monitoring what is aired.”

Access To Information Act, 2002 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 00:00

Prepared by the Media Association Jamaica Ltd.

32 Lyndhurst Road
Kingston 5

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Christopher Barnes, Managing Director

Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston

Telephone:  (876) 922-3400

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September 2009


Eugene Anangwa, “Journalists can't do their work if they are prevented from accessing information …”

A free and fearless press is essential to the preservation of democracy.  A free press ensures that citizens are provided with information necessary for decision making.  A free press which has access to information ensures that citizens are provided with ACCURATE information for informed decision making.

Review Of The Defamation Laws PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2009 00:00

Clerk to the Houses
House of Parliament
Gordon House
81 Duke Street

Attention: Mrs. Marion John

Dear Madam,

Re: Presentation to the Joint Select Committee to consider and report on the review of Jamaica’s defamation laws.

Reference is made to your letter dated May 18, 2009 in which both the Media Association of Jamaica  (MAJ) and the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) were asked to submit written comments on the report of the Small committee, and in particular, on recommendations 7, 10 and 12.

In November 2007, the Prime Minister of Jamaica appointed a committee of persons from a wide cross section of society to review the defamation laws of Jamaica

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