Griffith's vex with the media...again

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has criticised members of the media and "social media experts" who he says have been unfair to him.

Griffith took issue with the reporting by media and others, on his handling of the TV Jaagriti issue and his appearance at the Buju Banton concert.

At the end of the 25-minute address, Griffith closed the news briefing without fielding questions and when some journalists sought to get responses on some matter, he replied, "Ask Omatie Lyder" (Editor-in-Chief at the Express Newspaper).

TTPBA: Police must explain their handling of TV Jaagriti issue

The Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) says it's disturbed by the manner in which the police handled their visit to TV Jaagriti and is calling on Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to give an explanation.

The TTPBA says that it has seen the letter from the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) which was sent to TV Jaagriti and notes that it is the standard warning letter which points to Clause D9 of the broadcast concession.

MATT: Griffith should be more temperate in choice of words

The Media Association is calling on Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to be more temperate in his choice of words so that he would not appear to be against freedom of speech.

The statement comes in response to Griffith's comments on The Morning Brew Monday, in which he challenged the media's decision to interview people and family of people he said were not on the right side of the law.

MATT says it is not in a war with the police.

The association issued the following statement on Monday:

MATT condemns attack on journalist Lasana Liburd

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) says it has been made aware of a disturbing incident involving a former member of the executive and freelance journalist, Lasana Liburd.

According to a report, received by MATT, Liburd was attacked while performing his job at the school's Intercol finals yesterday.

"This attack is said to have been initiated by someone who Mr. Liburd had recently written an article about and initiated legal action against," MATT said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Caribbean to Chinese media: Treat us as equal partner, not an after-thought

The government of China has given its commitment to foster and develop meaningful and productive media relations in the Caribbean and Latin Ameria.

The wording of the communique issued at the end of the China-Latin America and the Caribbean Media Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Tuesday evening, is a blueprint of hope.

It promises greater collaboration on new media platforms and shared future content exchange strategies. 

The statement was another step in formalizing the media path for the future between both regions.

China sees key role for media in partnership with Latin America & Caribbean

"We want trade, not war. We want growth and cooperation, not poverty. We don't want more hurdles or challenges. Our doors are open."

That was the closing statement delivered by Jiang Jianguo, the Deputy Head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China today, at the opening ceremony of the China- Latin America and the Caribbean Media Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

This is the 3rd edition of the meeting which is meant to foster greater cooperation between the Chinese media and their Western Hemisphere counterparts.

Out-of-contract CNMG workers must wait for gratuity payments

Employees of state-owned broadcaster CNMG whose contracts have expired will have to wait a little bit longer for their gratuity payments. 

About 51 contracts expired in the last two months and in a letter to those members of staff, CNMG's management stated that while the gratuity will be paid, it will not be in the three months originally agreed upon.

It comes as the re-branding from CNMG to TTT is expected to take place Thursday afternoon.

It is unclear how many members of staff will receive new contracts under TTT.