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Building self-regulatory framework for Caribbean media

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US$19 000.00

While there is a large and varied media market in the Caribbean region, most outlets are regulated by the state and are subject to defamation laws. Regional, national and international media workers’ associations have been advocating the relaxation of the libel laws across the region in order to facilitate more robust scrutiny of public officials. This relaxation process requires individual media markets and a code of practice so that a public complaints body can be established. This project will establish/strengthen media self-regulatory systems in the Caribbean region by developing a template for a Code of Practice for Media Practitioners as well as recommendations for the implementation of self-policing mechanisms.

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Association of Caribbean Media - Workers (ACM)
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The Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) is a regional network of journalists, media workers and media associations spanning the Caribbean region. It was established in Barbados in 2001 and is currently headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago. Its membership includes media professionals and their representative organisations from countries of the Caribbean Community CARICOM) and the Dutch, Spanish and French speaking Caribbean. A seven-member executive board, elected at a biennial congress, oversees the operations of the organisation. The organization earns revenue from membership fees as well as from putting on training programmes for members and non-members. ACM has partnered with regional and international agencies to implement programmes/project to advance press freedom and develop journalists. Partnering organizations over the years include UNEP, UNFPA, UNDP, UNESCO, IFEX, IPI, CARDI, etc.

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55 Caiman Circle Elizabeth Gardens 0000 ST JOSEPH

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Byron Buckley, Project Developer: 876 291 9586 (mobile), buckley2@hotmail.com

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Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana: the locations for four consultations with clusters of countries.
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As scheduled, during 2014/15 the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) held four training workshops in Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. The broad focus of all the consultations was Building a Framework for Media Self -Regulation. A number of journalists participated with support from their local media and press associations. They were the Guyana Press Association (GPA), The Jamaica Press Association, The Media Association of St. Lucia (MASL) and Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago. The ACM also collaborated with other partners such as the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), International Press Institute (IPI), College of Arts Science and Technology Trinidad and Tobago (COSTATT), the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers Association, Monroe College and UNESCO Kingston Office. A total of 104 journalists attended the workshops - 25 in the Jamaica Consultations; 30 in Trinidad and Tobago, 16 in St. Lucia; and 33 in Guyana.
Results: The Association of Caribbean Media Workers has published a booklet on “Building a Framework for Media Self-Regulation”, and begun distributing it to its members throughout the Caribbean. The ACM is also distributing the booklet to universities, media associations and press associations in the Caribbean. This booklet captures the summary of the discussions, suggestions and decisions arrived at as results of the workshops.
With 104 journalists having been trained, the relevant media houses now have the capacity to develop their own codes of ethics.