Media workers under threat says PRO of Media Workers Association in Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Media workers under threat says PRO of Media Workers Association in Dominica by: – October 13, 2011 Sharing is caring! 55 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Matthias Peltier Jr.Public Relations Officer of the Media Workers Association in Dominica (MWAD), Matthias Peltier Jr told the 6th Biennial General Assembly of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers yesterday that media workers in Dominica are under threat.Mr Peltier said the meeting comes at a time when media workers are under threat by the police and the government.“I want to speak of some of the threats that we face in Dominica; we meet at a time when there are threats by the police to investigate the identity of individuals writing under pen names, we meet also when there are moves by the national radio station to suspend a journalist or journalists for running a story on the opposition or an opposition function, we meet also when government is reluctant to meet with various persons in the press.”According to Peltier, while there is appreciation for the work that media practitioners do within the general public, it believed that the quality of work they provide could be improved.“There is generally appreciation for work done by media people in Dominica; various sectors still recognize the role of the media as crucial in several areas of national development. The public always feel that the media can do more, both the quality and quantity of media content has been questioned by members of the general public and there is growing discontent with the work of the media in Dominica,” he said.Mr Peltier believes that the solution to the public’s criticism of the quality of work which media workers provide is training.“I think key is training. Dominica has a crop of largely untrained journalist and other media workers; they are the men and women fresh out of high school and college they are also the ones most utilized in the media houses covering functions reporting on national issues. These media workers need all manner of training possible to help them better understand the things they cover and why they are in the media most of them don’t understand their role.”He further explained that the working conditions under which media practitioners work must be addressed as well the payment package offered.“Working conditions; newsrooms here are very small, for the most part media workers especially journalists are overwhelmed and under-paid. I’m sure you share the same sentiments all across the Caribbean. Resources and tools for trade are also very scarce.”Peltier however hopes that the meeting would assist in finding solutions to solving ‘our many media problems’.Meantime Peltier explained that the former president of MWAD Thalia Remy had resigned a week ago as she has returned to England but that a meeting will be called soon to revive the organization. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img

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