CCN TV6's Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne yesterday apologised for airing a video which showed the face of a 13- year-old girl being raped.
At the start of the Crime Watch programme at 6 p.m., Alleyne admitted that the face of the victim was shown but said this was done in error and he apologised for showing the clip.
He added, however, that his detractors would not stop him from doing his job and pointed out that the incident had happened since June and the suspect arrested only after the video was shown.
Meanwhile, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) has sent a letter to TV6 advising that a criminal offence may have been committed with regard to the airing of the video clip on October 25 at 6 p.m. and 10.30 p.m. and on October 26 at 6 p.m.
A release issued yesterday by TATT stated that it "has written CCN TV6 and forwarded a copy of that letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions in view of the potential breach of the Sexual Offences Act, by airing on television a video clip showing the rape of a child".
According to the release, the letter sent to TV6 "cited section 32 of the Sexual Offences Act", which states: "A person who publishes or broadcasts any matter contrary to subsection 1 is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of twenty-five thousand dollars and to imprisonment for five years."
The release further stated that the concession that was granted to CCN TV6 on March 1, 2006 for the provision of television broadcasting services provides that CCN TV6 should not broadcast any material which "violates any law" or "is otherwise contrary to the laws of Trinidad and Tobago".
The release added that the action of CCN TV6 appeared to be in breach of the Statement of Principles and Editorial Guidelines from One Caribbean Media, the parent company of CCN TV6.