They call it murder

….Welcome to JamDown!

Poor people a dead at random,

Political violence can’t done,

Bare ghost and phantom….

Damien “Junior Gong” Marley, lyrics – Welcome to JamRock

I wish the Jamaica media would clamor for the full repeal of Jamaican oppressive sections of libel laws with the same zest and zeal that they advocate for the summary execution of those Jamaican citizens who are caught red-handed being poor.

For example, Brianmax posted a video of JLP councilor Rosie Hamilton tracing off a PNP councilor Angela Brown-Burke in the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) meeting. Watch the video.

Whoa! Murder! Poor Desmond McKenzie has to keep order.

At 2:07 into the video, the TVJ’s Archibald Gordon says there are statements that cannot be repeated for legal reasons. Why bother even showing the video if they won’t show the whole thing? Who is to say what the CVM portion left out?

We need greater freedom of speech in Jamaica, there is such a thing as the marketplace of ideas and I have a high degree of confidence in the ability of Jamaicans to pick sense outta nonsense and come to their own conclusions. We need to remove some of the smoke and mirrors surrounding our political processes and personalities. I want to hear why, how, who, when, and where Rosie Hamilton was shot. Does she believe Angela Brown-Burke is aware of the reasons for her being shot, or is familiar with the assailants? I want to hear that, don’t you?

All these secrets are killing us, we need to exorcise the demons, too many ghost and phantoms. Out in the street….

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9 thoughts on “They call it murder

  1. you’ve hit it again Dwight…right on its tiny head. it IS strange the kinds of things Jamaicans choose to get upset about–keeping gays in check for instance, and destroying every ounce of that precious commodity, ganja, the state comes across–rather than something as fundamental as the libel laws.

    on the other hand some argue that media in Jamaica don’t even use the leeway they already have so what’s the point of increasing freedom of speech? it’s somewhat like increasing the quota of bananas Ja can legally supply Britain with from 20% to 60%. makes no sense since we can’t even fill the 20% quota.

    having said that, kudos to the Sunday Herald, my former newspaper, for constantly pushing the boundaries and also to Nationwide and its various programmes for the same. radio is where its at in Jamaica–both print and tv pale in comparison…

  2. There’s a lot of chatter about these libel laws and how prohibitive they are etc. etc. etc. I think these media folks, especially the ones who claim to be in the know, tek de law dem mek pass. Me need fi read an’ interpret dem fi misself, cause me know seh no law couldn’t so restrictive as to produce this low quality of coverage. Annie – radio might be where we hear the most complexity that doesn’t make it to print, but that form is also fleeting, of the moment, and there is no formal record or indexing except in the heads of the hosts. And that’s why I don’t think radio is as democratic or even radical a space as many want to claim. Is radio coverage also subject to the public information act?

  3. The shocking, odious, disgraceful, and lamentable tragedy of Jamaican society, is that the truth, veracity,frankness and honesty in many spheres of life, including law,politics,business,criminality,religion,education,et al, are not being addressed appropriately and legitimately by the Fourth Estate, as a consequence of the fact ,that a considerable number of institutions and individuals of indisputable and incontrovertible repute have sought refuge,protection and sanctuary behind the libel laws of the nation.Certainly,many of these institutions and individuals are now utilizing and waving the libel laws of the land as a club and shield against the right of the people/citizenry to know and be informed in covering up their unquestionable and illicit activities by constantly advocating litigation. Interestingly,in many of these instances, journalists and the Fourth Estate in general have manufactured a culture of deception and craftiness with respect to the management and dissemination of certain types of information, as a result of either being in cahoots,or, collaboration of a questionable nature with some of these institutions and individuals based on corporate ties and connections or sheer fear factor in terms of intimidation by the libel laws.That some of these libel laws need to be reformed is an imperative, because Jamaicans are interested in the TRUTH and paradoxically some of these laws do not result in the promulgation of the TRUTH juxtaposed with more freedom of speech.

  4. @ Annie and Longbench:
    Which programs are best to listen to to get a flavor of the great programming you mentioned.

    Periodically I used to listen to Wilmot Perkins on Power 106’s streaming linked tot he Gleaner. Also a little to Ragashanti and Breakfast Club on NewsTalk and to Nationwide.

    Which are the best programs available via internet (Power, NewsTalk and Nationwide) to listen to, and what time are the generally on?

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