Jamal: It's a storm in a teacup
In response to criticism from the International Press Institute (IPI) with respect to his attack on the media, Communications Minister Jamal Mohammed said yesterday the issue was a "storm in a teacup".
On Tuesday, IPI executive director Alison Bethel-McKenzie wrote in a report on the organisation's website that Mohammed's media attack was "highly troubling".
"For the Communications Minister to engage in this kind of direct intimidation of the media is highly troubling and, unfortunately, indicative of a recent pattern of abuse by Trinidadian Government officials against the press," Bethel McKenzie stated.
Mohammed was questioned yesterday on the IPI's criticisms at the post-Cabinet media conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair.
"Freedom of the press is something that is enshrined in our Constitution here in Trinidad and Tobago and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago maintains an excellent relationship with all arms of the media throughout our country," said Mohammed.