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Disgusted with sad politics backed by media houses

Friday, November 17, 2017

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Dear Editor,

In recent times I have become disgusted by a number of media houses that seem to thrive on negative news to include murders occurring in the country. It seems their earnings will plummet significantly if they cannot publish or broadcast stories other than the most graphic and heinous crimes. I'm left to question the motives, and at other times the sanity, of some of these practitioners of journalism. Their only claim to fame seems to be a regurgitation of statistics released by the police on how many Jamaicans have been murdered on a daily or weekly basis, or the latest sad story orchestrated by the Opposition.

Again, the People's National Party (PNP), through the media, wants us to think it is in a position to guide the Government and country. My question to the party is: Why didn't the PNP fix the crime situation in the 20-odd years it held office?

Jamaicans are too gullible and they are not learning that some media houses are held hostage by the PNP and will do or say anything to try and win votes, although the election is over. They will say anything to try and turn people against the current Government.

Mark my word, not long from now there will be mass discord in the public sector created by trade unions, federations and associations that are just proxies working for and with the PNP but claiming to agitate for better wages. Needless to say, their every move will be carefully documented for broadcast by some media houses. Remember I said it today.

Note the recent string of roadblocks and protests across the country, and check who are their Members of Parliament. Linstead is Robert Pickersgill. Bog Walk is Natalie Neita-Headley. St Thomas Eastern is Dr Fenton Ferguson. St Mary Central is Dr Morais Guy. Weren't these roads bad before 2016? Why were the residents not protesting or asking the then PNP Government to fix them? What of their Members of Parliament; don't they have a duty to fix the roads? Why were they re-elected if they were not efficient in fixing roads?

It would be a welcome change if some decency and good morals could be exhibited, plus investigations by journalists before rushing to publish the latest gruesome story of shootings, and the latest murder figures, void of any other meaning but to say I published it first.

Over 1,300 Jamaicans have been murdered since the year began. Now how does that help me? How does it help anyone? Is it a figure to bandy about or gloat in?

The media has a responsibility to the public, and it cannot be to bombard us daily with messages of doom and gloom.Be balanced and allow order and calm to flourish, instead of simply trying to drive fear into the hearts and minds of our citizens. Information can be used as a weapon, and many media houses seem to be fighting on the wrong side or in the wrong war.

J Edwards





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