JOINT STATEMENT FOLLOWING WEEKEND MEETING BETWEEN MILTON SAMUDA AND PAJ REPRESENTATIVES

Kingston, Jamaica: September 01, 2013

Representatives of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) met with Milton Samuda, TVJ Chairman and Attorney at Law, and his team on Saturday August 31, 2013 with a view to resolving outstanding differences concerning the interview with the athletes represented by Mr. Samuda.

Both the PAJ and Mr. Samuda have acknowledged that errors were made by the journalists and Mr. Samuda.

The PAJ reported that the journalists had apologized to their newsrooms and the journalism body for their actions and this was accepted.

Mr. Samuda’s apology at the meeting on Saturday was also accepted by the PAJ.

Both the journalists and the attorney have affirmed that their actions will not be repeated. The regrets have been acknowledged and accepted by all parties.

In relation to the question of payola, both the PAJ and Mr. Samuda are satisfied at this time, that it does not arise in this situation.

The PAJ awaits the outcome of investigations being conducted by the RJR Communications Group.

The journalism body will review its call for Mr. Samuda to resign his position as Chairman of Television Jamaica.

PAJ President,

Jenni Campbell (Miss)

TVJ Chairman,

Milton Samuda

Disclosure: I am a member of the PAJ and work for TVJ

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