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Coverage ‘very good’

By Camille Bethel

The media did a good job at covering the 1990 attempted coup according to the report of the Commission of Enquiry into the attempted coup but recommendations have been made toward improving media coverage in emergency situations in the future.

The report which was laid in Parliament last week by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar states that media professionals who experienced the attempted coup thought the media performed very well but there were witnesses who thought that in times of crisis there should be clear guidelines to cover the dissemination of information.

“The Commission recommends that appropriate guidelines, or if necessary, legislation for the operation of the media in times of crisis/emergency should be developed and published. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has guidelines which may provide a useful starting point of reference.” 

Jones P. Madeira veteran journalist who gave the local media ‘high marks’ for its role during the insurrection, told the Commission that they showed great initiative. 

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