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Commission agrees to pull ‘negative’ video

By Camille Bethel

 The Integrity Commission of Trinidad and Tobago yes­ter­day sought to explain the objective of the television advertisement that led pre­sident of the Public Servi­ces Association (PSA) Wat­son Duke to call for the immediate resignation of chairman of the commission Ken Gordon. 

In a statement, the commission said it would withdraw the video.

Duke, who viewed the advertisement as a negative por­trayal of public ser­vants, led a march to the commission’s office in protest yesterday.

In a statement yesterday, the commission said: “As part of its programme of public education, intended to foster an understanding of standards of integrity as mandated by the Integrity in Public Life Act, engaged the services of the Government Information Services (GISL) to produce a series of public service announcements (PSA) on the theme of integrity.

“The video announcement, as broadcast on the GISL’s programme last evening, led to a complaint by Mr Watson Duke, president of the Public Services Association. 

The PSA president explained the video “reinfor­ces negative values”. 

The commission stated the PSA team was invited to meet with the commission’s registrar and team where they were shown the video.  

“As a measure of co-op­eration with the Public Services Association, the re­gistrar agreed to withdraw that video. The union’s team was invited to meet further with the commission’s representatives, in the event they have additional ideas and suggestions as the commission rolls out its public awareness outreach on the theme of integrity and ‘Do The Right Thing Always’,” the statement added. 


 
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