The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) today issued a statement in response to comments made by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan on a television talk show on Monday. The following is MATT's full statement -
The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) condemns in the strongest possible way Attorney General Anand Ramlogan’s continued attacks on members of the media.
Mr Ramlogan has once again launched a virulent attack on a member of the media, Ms Anika Gumbs, suggesting she continues to “lick up the government” in the course of her duties.
The Attorney General has shown his willingness to use the courts to get redress whenever he feels the government’s interest has been wrongly harmed and if he has a shred of evidence that a journalist is “licking up the government” or that a government official has been libeled then he can seek redress under the law. To seek to intimidate any journalist is at best unbecoming of the holder of the Office of Attorney General.
MATT has made it clear that the freedom of the press must be jealously guarded and any attempt by any power to limit this freedom must be resisted by all right thinking people.
Further, it is duty of the media to report fairly and fearlessly on matters of public importance. In that context the Attorney General’s focus on how the information came into the journalist’s possession and less so on the content is striking.
MATT stands resolutely in defence of media freedom and urges its members to continue to freely, accurately and fearlessly cover the news, and not be cowered by the attacks of the Attorney General or anyone else who yields power.