Beware the Juggernaut? Is Trini Media at risk? TT’s Communications Minister meets with senior media executives

As part of mandate of the recently established Rapid Response Unit (RRU) of the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, to be easily accessible to provide a Government response in real time. Senator Vasant Bharath, just met with four (4) key members of Port Of Spain’s media fraternity to continue the conversation started earlier this year in March, when the RRU was officially introduced to members of the media.

Minister Bharath listens attentively to Daren Lee Sing (l), while Andy Johnson (r) makes sure no uncomfortable questions are asked observes the interaction

Minister Bharath listens attentively to Daren Lee Sing (l), while Andy Johnson (r) makes sure no uncomfortable questions are asked observes the interaction

Minister Bharath reminded the executives present that this is “a conversation with you on how we can make ourselves more readily available to your media houses and representatives. With a view to ensuring that your stories are complete by way of providing all sides of the issue.”

"Ah tell allyu if it so? It so, oui?" (APOCRYPHAL) Minister Bharath (centre) shares a laugh with Andy Johnson (right) and Edwina Leacock, Chief Technical Advisor, MTIIC

“Ah tell allyu if it so? It so, oui?” (APOCRYPHAL) Minister Bharath (centre) shares a laugh with Andy Johnson (right) and Edwina Leacock, Chief Technical Advisor, MTIIC

Present at the luncheon meeting were Mr. Orin Gordon, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Newspaper; Ms. Omatie Lyder, Editor-in-Chief, Express Newspaper; Mr. John Babb, Associate Editor, Newsday and Mr. Daren Lee Sing, President, Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA).

"Email? Again? Man, tell Rowley tek a message, eh?" (APOCRYPHAL) Omatie Lyder (right) and John Babb (2nd from left) greet Sen. Bharath

“Email? Again? Man, tell Rowley tek a message, eh?” (APOCRYPHAL) Omatie Lyder (right) and John Babb (2nd from left) greet Sen. Bharath

Discussions were also had on how to better serve the needs of the media, through the RRU.

The Senator (3rd left) with members of the media at the luncheon meeting (EDITOR's NOTE: Hope Kamla does not feel because the Media is fed, then they must do as asked/told? If it is of the taxpayers' bill then Gov't must needs hear out journalists and not other way around!)

The Senator (3rd left) with members of the media at the luncheon meeting (EDITOR’s NOTE: Hope Kamla does not feel because the Media is fed, then they must do as asked/told? If it is of the taxpayers’ bill then Gov’t must needs hear out journalists and not other way around!)

(EDITOR’s NOTE: Who determines what are the Media‘s needs and if the Government‘s needs are balanced? Where are lines drawn to decide if Media is too far in acquiring or disseminating data or Government borders on censorship in wishing to ensure a certain viewpoint is to be touted?)

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