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MATT concerned by force in Alleyne arrest; wants answers on TTPS/TV6 relationship

The following is a press release from the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) in relation to the arrest of Crime Watch television host, Ian Alleyne, by Inspector Roger Alexander from competing reality crime show, Beyond The Tape, and the subsequent media coverage of the matter:

Photo: CNC3 Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne (right) is taken for medical treatment by a policeman. (Copyright CNC3)
Photo: CNC3 Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne (right) is taken for medical treatment by a policeman.
(Copyright CNC3)

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) has taken note of the recent on-camera clash between the hosts of two rival popular crime-focused television shows that culminated in the arrest of one programme host by the other.

In this instance, the arresting officer, Insp Roger Alexander, is also the main presenter of Beyond the Tape, a co-production of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and CCN TV6. The sensational tone of the video recordings of the physical confrontation has attracted wide media coverage and public comment at home and regionally.

It is not MATT’s role or intention to comment on the legal aspects of a matter now before the court. Rather, MATT seeks to address media-related questions that arise.

1) The Association is very concerned about the degree of physical force used by the arresting officer, Insp Roger Alexander, on his media competitor and former colleague.

The TTPS is reminded that in today’s changing media environment, increasing numbers of people operate as non-traditional agents of public information. These include bloggers, internet reporters, cell phone photographers, citizen journalists and whistleblowers.

Photo: Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne.
Photo: Crime Watch host Ian Alleyne.

 

The right of these people to reasonable treatment from the police while pursuing a story must be respected.

Even in instances where misdemeanors by traditional journalists and/or citizen journalists prompt police action, that action must be commensurate with the circumstances. In MATT’s view, the degree of force used by the arresting officer appears disproportionate to the offence and the circumstances.

MATT questions the refusal of the TTPS to investigate these allegations of excessive force.

MATT notes another potential breach of conduct by the police in a recent video circulating on social media that appears to be recorded by police officers at the Chaguanas Police Station. The video shows the defendant being taunted and ridiculed.

The Association calls for clear policies at crime scenes so that journalists and others can continue to cover the news without fear and intimidation.

Photo: Inspector Roger Alexander is the co-host of TV crime show, Beyond The Tape. (Courtesy TV6)
Photo: Inspector Roger Alexander is the co-host of TV crime show, Beyond The Tape.
(Courtesy TV6)

2) The Association is disappointed with and deeply concerned about CNC3’s apparent breach of a fundamental principal of journalistic ethics i.e. misleading the public. The video broadcast by CNC3 purporting to show the public the confrontation was edited to exclude the use of obscene language by the Crime Watch host.

It was CNC3’s duty to inform the public that the video had been altered. Not having done so, CNC3 omitted essential features of the confrontation and that omission amounted to misrepresentation. This left the public none the wiser until a rival media house obtained and broadcast the full recording.

This breach of duty requires CNC3 to make amends with the public it serves and the industry in which it operates.

3) MATT further notes that potential ethical conflicts are generated in this matter by the comingling of public sector communication (i.e. the TTPS) with the commercial interests of private sector media (i.e. CCN TV6).

Both law enforcement and the media serve the public interest in different ways. In that service, the public should be furnished with detailed information on the protocols that govern the Beyond the Tape programme.

Photo: TV6 crime show, Beyond The Tape. (Courtesy TV6)
Photo: TV6 crime show, Beyond The Tape.
(Courtesy TV6)

MATT calls on both organisations to divulge, in the public interest:

  • How responsibilities for content are divided between the two organisations
  • Who has responsibility for editing and approving content prior to broadcast
  • Conflict-of-interest guidelines for the TTPS representative, Insp Roger Alexander, and for TV6’s assignments editor and co-host, Mr Marlan Hopkinson
  • What avenues have been established for redress for citizens who have complaints about the programme and which of the two organisations has responsibility for investigating and adjudicating those complaints
  • Details of the commercial arrangement between the TTPS and CCN TV6, including which entity solicits commercial advertising and what happens to the advertising revenue generated by the programme
  • What quantum of revenue is generated for CCN TV6 by the programme’s favourable rating in the annual Media facts and Opinion (MFO) survey and how that revenue is distributed between the two organisations, and
  • Whether hosts Insp Roger Alexander and Mr Marlan Hopkinson perform their on-air roles as aspects of their respective contractual arrangements or whether those arrangements have been expanded.
Photo: MATT president Francesca Hawkins (second from left) greets acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams (centre) while MATT officials Sheila Rampersad (far left) and Jabari Fraser look on.
Photo: MATT president Francesca Hawkins (second from left) greets acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams (centre) while MATT officials Sheila Rampersad (far left) and Jabari Fraser look on.

Further, journalists should be advised by the TTPS whether all views expressed on the programme are authorised by the TTPS, what happens when views expressed on the programme contradict those issued by the TTPS through its Ag Commissioner and/or official spokespeople, and whether all views expressed on the programme could be safely attributed by journalists as endorsed by the Ag Commissioner of Police.

It is imperative that these multiple issues are addressed unambiguously as they impact fundamental media ethics and have spawned problems that will require additional tax dollars, police hours, legal and other expertise to remedy.

 

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The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago is the authorised representative body for local journalists in all formats.

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223 comments

  1. D bigger question is; How much was paid to d person who sneaked d original footage to tv6!

  2. In my yoda voice “Use of force policy they know nothing about”

  3. Since when is Matt police complaints authority… Stick to monitoring the media… U have ur hands filled there already

  4. My eyes told me that he was resisting the arrest from the use of the obscene language till he was placed against the vehicle and even then the officer had to retrieve his right hand because he moved it away to avoid the handcuff being placed on it so………

  5. Why matt don’t go jump in ah river

  6. “Oh gorsh. Could you please stop, put your hands up so I can arrest you? How about this? I will drive back to the station and wait for you there but I can’t let you keep the gun. Arright arright arright! Keep the gun. Just promise me you’d come to the station so I could charge you. Arright. Later.”

  7. seems like matt needs to get fired…

  8. How much force is too much force when someone is resisting arrest and curse you as an officer. MATT please explain

  9. MATT needs to be experienced in police procedure. Dealing with that situation more delicately would lead to the investigation being more compromised than it already is.

  10. That release is a joke right …….CNC3 always upheld the highest standards of journalism?
    They must not be aware of what high journalistic standards are. There is not a single media outlet in the country that upholds mediocre journalistic standards, much less CNC3 and least of all CNC3 otherwise they would not produce garbage like Crimewatch or employ snake oil salesmen like Alleyne.
    I mean even something as simple as using standard English seems beyond them ……. they don’t even understand the it is redundancy in saying “We wish to make it clear that, at no point did CNC3 intend to deliberately mislead the public in our reporting on the arrest of Ian Alleyne.”

    Highest standards in journalism my ass!

  11. Ths is such crap…an insult to the public’s inteligence…. Not only were explict words removed it was done to manipulate the situation . If you look at any video for news explitcit words and names are bleeped out to show the contaxt-CNC3 tried to mislead the nation and if they want to save face they need to fire all you were responsible for the video and the story immediately

  12. Alexander too STUPID to even understand the consequences of his actions ……… Typical police ….. Wait for it Trinidad …. Wait for it …..

  13. where is the chart to show degrees of force

  14. Brian Williams of NBC News had to go on leave for months for lying. In T&T, it is business as usual. Shame on CNC3 for what they did. This reveals a lot about local media.

  15. Lasana it matters not who Ian was representing at the time, Ian went to a crime scene was asked to leave and resisted being moved. In the process he assaulted a member of the TTPS then further resisted arrest. I hold no brief for Insp. Alexander, I believe him as a law enforcement officer to be less than pristene, but based on what I saw on my television screen, with or without cuss word, Alexander’s response was faultless.

    • I agree with pretty much most of what you just said Ucill. But that doesn’t mean there might not be room for further questions here.
      I think the TTPS’ relationship with Beyond The Boundary and CNC3’s edited newscast of Alleyne’s arrest both require further clarification.

    • Not necessarily in that order.

    • Absolutely Lasana, there are questions to be answered. I have always questioned the TTPS TV 6 merge, and just how very questionable the arrangement is came to fore with the prison break/shooting/execution, where TV6 was the go-to for information instead of either of the two state owned stations. As for whatever media obeah CNC3 worked to make Ian’s profanities disappear, the public will have to decide if it is ok with such sleight of editing.

  16. who is MATT? They should be concerned about the integrity of reporting and deliberately editing material and reporting falsely to the population.

  17. Matt should be concerned about many things…

  18. MATT is more cocerned about Ian Alleyne’s arrest than CNC3 misrepresenting the facts. Hmm. I wonder if this is the first time.

  19. But wey MATT come out, you know how long me aint here bout they

  20. Why suddenly does MATT want answers on relationship between TV6 AND TTPS? Did MATT not have questions when the show first started? Strange.

  21. Why suddenly does MATT want answers on relationship between TV6 AND TTPS? Did MATT not have questions when the show first started? Strange.

  22. Matt prez and alleyne works 4 the same station. Frannie could never make that statement without the blessings of norman.

  23. There is no excessive force without injury

  24. And in other news MATT shut yuh stink mouth,when Ian Alleyne interviewing minors and showing their faces on crime watch MATT says nothing so shut up.

  25. I guess they read the use of force policy, and are applying it..

  26. They not concerned about CNC3 credibility…bunch of jokers..

  27. Too much damn hypocrisy. Talk done.

  28. How about trying to find out if Sheron was a sponsor of Ian Alleyne or the show? And why did CNC3 broadcast an edited/ ‘doctored’ tape which misrepresented the position of the Police. Was it to discredit the police exercise by discrediting the Inspector? Was this a media war waged by CNC 3 to get ‘one up’ on Tv 6?

    Instead of telling the Police how to do their jobs, why not educate media workers on how to do theirs?

    Why ‘grill’ TV6 when CNC# has more serious questions to answer?

  29. Life goes on and we are still paying taxes for police dogs ….for a so call police operation…..sweet T$T

  30. MATT’s opening paragraph is so slanted, it will make the leaning tower of Piza look like a plumb line.

    ” clash between the hosts of two rival popular crime-focused television shows…” It was not in that capacity that the clash occurred, it occurred in the capacity of a Senior Police Officer asking someone to leave an area where a police exercise was taking place – no less than 4 times. The person refused without reasonable cause, was escorted, used obscene language and assaulted the Officer. MATT should look at the show COPS to see how Officers in the First World treat with that problem.

    Then MATT says that it doesn’t want to speak on the legality of the matter as it is before the Court, yet goes on and does just that by questioning the reasonability of force used. The force was indeed proportionate as the person detained was assaulting the Officer, and holding to the post etc. A dented door is not a unit of measurement to determine appropriate force used.

    Further, MATT raised the issue of practicing journalism freely, when that was never the issue. Mr. Alleyne was free to cover the story from the pavement. Yet he entered a private premises which the police were conducting an operation. It is well known that journalists and non journalists alike are to comply with the direction of a police officer when that Officer is conducting an exercise. The next time an Officer tells Ms F. Hawkings-Pollonais (President of MATT) to turn stop at a road block, maybe she should tell them that she is a journalist and keep driving…let us see how far that takes her.

    Sense from nonsense MATT….

  31. What CNC3 was to do play the raw version they must edit the tape

  32. He police men in this country most ah demand on some foolishness. If them was doing there jobs from day one. Crime and all other lawless activities would be under control. But this ass feels he is the law. Ho after all them criminals. And get the place back to normal. The people have no respect for the police. So they do what them want. And if they get lock up. The pass money. And when you go to the station is some foolishness about the records lost no vehicle. But this I’m them in the station partying and liming.

  33. I have boycotted CNC3 news since they sought to mislead the nation. I have also spent some time reading on this topic excessive force and it was highlighted that once a person commits a felony/misdemeanor the Police has been given a legal excuse to suspend such a person. If the person resist arrest the Police can use more force to suspend the suspect. In this regard the question was asked can excessive force be measured? The answer is no, but such measure is discretionary to the Officer. However once the Officer has suspended the suspect any further force can be deemed excessive force. In this instance we have not seen such. Most of the cases sited showed brutality on the part of the Officer. . .none of these cases however could be compared to this instance since they were very severe. Nontheless the burden of proof is on the plantiff to show that the defendent did in fact use excessive force. So I await the out come of this.

  34. MATT’s intervention comprehensively serves the public interest

  35. What Francesca Hawkins need to do is shut she mouth and investigate CNC3. They are bias and one sided just like Ian Alleyne.

  36. ifa polic officer is arresting somebody and person resists what are the police to do”‘hug them up and kiss them ‘

  37. Let Matt study how cnc3 doctor the video and stay out of police business

  38. Plot twist!!

    Both Ian and the inspector made a deal behind close doors to boost ratings on their shows

    And both stations were aware of this and went along with it!

    Now they’re just sitting back and watching how much more famous we’re all making them…

    Ain’t no business like show business…

    Cheers !

  39. In true for, like the animal called a ‘matt’ ( member of lizard family) in Trinidad which lies in a lazy, non concerned manner, doing little or nothing, except when it feels threatens, up comes the media MATT hissing and snipping.

  40. MATT always want the truth what happened now

  41. CNC3 weekend anchor and senior journalist Francesca Hawkins is the new Media Association of T&T president. Go Figure ………..

  42. Not from MATT. All media houses have them. And disregard them. Many employees these days have never even seen their code of conduct.

  43. Matt an organization of/for eunuchs. They need to pay attention to the rantings of Marcia Braveboy who is supposed to be a journalist,

  44. Is there even a code of conduct for media persons?

  45. My one question remains …. where was MATT before this incident … as memory serves me, Beyond the Tape is a year plus old initiative …. why the sudden interest for accountability?

    It does not auger well for the current president (who may be seen as ‘protecting her employment interests) nor validates the importance and ‘policing’ that should expediously and unbiasly be metted out to all media/jounalistic interests … in order to keep integrity and ethics in tact for all concerned

    • I can’t remember Beyond the Tape ever being involved in controversy before. That was always the domain of Crime Watch.

    • I concur (not too interested in the bachannal part that recently occurred) … but my question really lies in the expectation of answers from the TTPS/TV6 with respect to accounting for revenue dispersion, redress for complaints emanating from viewership, show content review and responsibility, etc

  46. they all are monsters monsters

  47. Miss Hawkins i’m terriibly disappointed in you!!!

  48. Francesca u wrkin there u jus like d rest of dem @ cnc3 ah real disappointment am glad i stop watchin dat station allyuh is jus ah waste ah time

  49. Francesca u wrkin there u jus like d rest of dem @ cnc3 ah real disappointment am glad i stop watchin dat station allyuh is jus ah waste ah time

  50. Bear in mind that the MATT executive has always comprised of people from a range of television stations, newspapers and radio stations.
    So although its president is from CNC3, there would have been many executive members from other media houses including TV6. And decisions are made after discussion and not sent out by the president.

    • Jabari Fraser is so pro-PNM that it leaks off him. So too are the two persons who host the morning show (not Fazeer and Hema), I cannot recall their names.

      We all know how individuals groups interact; the more dominant voices will direct and influence the outcome of tasks. Due to social psych pressures, the group becomes a reflection of the characteristics of the dominant members. As such, MATT – despite being made up of members from other media houses – is not as neutral as they would like to be thought of.

  51. Have you noticed MATT blocked people from posting on their site….we all should take our post to the Embassies and International message boards

  52. Why MATT wasn’t concerned when their membership was making sport of dead bodies and grieving family members?

    • That’s a different issue of course. But one I’ve raised multiple times.

    • It’s not a different issue because it displays the absolute one sided and biased pronouncements from MATT on various issues. When are they putting out a release condemning Ian Alleyne for resisting arrest and lying about cursing when video evidence clearly indicates that he did? Are media people in TT even registered or required to have a license? What’s MATTs mandate; are they a union, a pressure group… What? Ian Alleyne is a member of the media? Why because he is on tv? ?

    • Once you get a salary from a media house, then you are considered a media worker and have some protection from MATT.
      As to what MATT is has been a raging debate over the years. I actually left the MATT executive about five or six years ago because of a disagreement over that.
      It isn’t a union. It is more of a group designed to look after the interests of its members, which is more about development than the big stick at outsiders.
      Since the Alleyne case is before a court, I don’t think it would be wise for them to make a pronouncement on it–one way or the other.
      But of course they could inform media workers that they should respect the law. That is one of many issues here.

    • MATT can offer courses or create avenues for journalists to improve. But cannot force them to attend. And has no authority whatsoever to censor anyone inside or outside the media.
      I really don’t know whether MATT–which has many different executives over the years–ever took on Ian Alleyne. But I remember Dominic Kalipersad being crystal clear when Fixin T&T and Wired868 challenged him a few years ago.
      He essentially said change the channel or go $%&£ yourself.

  53. Trinidad civil war, captain tnt vs iron pig man

  54. What ‘proportion’ of force is ‘dis’?

  55. Ent Francesca Hawkins working cnc 3 ?

  56. this issue could have gone down another route,this thing is beyond alexander and alleyne,what procedures laid out in the common law that deals with a crime scene,outline the law for me,the video where is the obstruction in the execution of duty,what is the arresting officer relation ship with sherron ,why the reisting arrest he is already in custody,affecting an arrest ,touch or hold the person,indicating their liberty is restrained,people seem to be emotional not looking at the issues ,there is a clear evidence of bias or was a trap sprung to hold alleyne knowing he will turn up at the house

  57. i have some question who is the president of MATT??? what TV station they working for and what position they holding at that station… no dam integrity all of them ….that is my opinion

  58. Is MATT also seeking answers as to a TV host resisting arrest …..hmmmm how strange that MATT has a voice now

  59. A release like this would normally be satired in the wire

  60. Where does Matt executive work?

  61. Deflecting attention from doctored video, President should resign]

  62. defecting attention from doctored video!!!

  63. The issue is CNC 3 doctoring a video that captured an alleged crime. That is serious business and MATT executives should recuse themselves in any release from the association.

    • MATT has always comprised members from a variety of media houses who are voted in by their colleagues and make decisions through consultation.
      I don’t see the need for someone to recuse them self unless it deals with that person directly.

  64. It is too easy to distract this population from ISSUES of real importance. Way too easy.

  65. same thing I’ve been freaking saying!!!!

  66. the President of MATT is from CNC3 Television what else would u expect

  67. MATT should be concerned with Ian Alleyene breaking the law, if a police officer tell yout o leave a crime scene you are bound to follow the officers orders. Shame on you MATT.

  68. Lasana Liburd nowhere in that release does matt condemn disregarding directives from police officers…and focuses heavily on tv6…and while i am interested in the ttps role in the show….does matt have the right to make such demands.

  69. I cannot believe that MATT is condoning Ian behaviour

  70. I don’t see any Problem with BTT

    What ppl want to know if it’s 1M or 2M they making?

    What diff does it make

  71. So and employee, consultant, representative of CNC3 came on air with his attorney and said categorically that he never used obscene language, CNC3 having in its possession evidence of this being a blatant lie and conveniently edited out said language but we should not accuse them of nefarious conduct?! Is only my granny dat teach me d up holder wuss dan d teef or wha?!

    • Ent? But as Lasana basically said, channeling Denzel: “it’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove”. (Grim smile )

    • Lol. You can say exactly what Nicole said. Ian Alleyne said he never used obscene language. CNC3 had possession of footage, which showed truth. But they only showed an edited version of the truth that did not have the obscenity…
      All that good. But when you say CNC3 intentionally edited it to save their employee… Get yuh court clothes! Lol.

    • Ian intentionally edited it…CNC3 intentionally edited it
      Same difference

    • Hey, I do this dance without a safety net. So I have to be very aware of libel laws. It has never ever made me soft. You just gotta do the two-step around the attorneys. Know how long Jack instructed Om Lalla and the clip to watch every article I do? Over a decade.

    • Well u can’t say it. But I go say it loud loud loud. Between Ian and CNC3 somebody made a conscious decision to air the edited footage

    • And before that, a conscious decision was made to edit it in furtherance of a gross deception.

    • Don’t forget the vehicle with the dent 🙂

    • Whoever edited it out is either a totally incompetent media worker that doesn’t deserve their job. Or someone who was part of an act of dishonesty to sully the reputation of a police officer.

    • Lasana Liburd Well if the video tape was edited in error then we should have received a clarification from CNC3, which I understand is yet to be had. I think you are however missing a salient point, even if a reporter went out to cover a story, if he or she was told by any policeman at the scene to move from the immediate surroundings, then he or she has to abide by the command which at that stage is not a request. Failure to immediately comply can lead to action commiserate with the response to the command.

    • That was raised elsewhere. The media worker should comply with the police and MATT should remind its workers of that responsibility.

  72. Really MATT????. In the given scheme of things I thought as a Media elected organization the major concern would have been a story that was poorly doctored, re -packaged and presented to the public as fact.

  73. Understood and I agree, but you take my point. MATT was already in a precarious position where the perception of a conflict of interest / lack of bias was concerned – if it’s true that their president is still affiliated with CNC3 – before they even issued a statement. With that too in the mix, their missive was unfortunately worded, to put it VERY kindly.

  74. I didn’t say Ian Alleyne is a journalist. But MATT represents media workers and not just journalists. So once he is earning a salary from the station, he is a media worker.
    I’m concerned about that edited CNC3 broadcast. And I’m also curious to know more about the TTPS’ relationship with Beyond the Tape. That’s just me.

  75. We might get another day of ‘total policing’ if the Matt continues.

  76. Freedom of the press does not mean disrespecting and disobeying law enforcement, if the average person behaved the way Ian did he might be still lock up with more charges and if Ian is considered a journalist then I am Editor in Cheif, get your together act and focus on issues of greater importance MATT or this is your opportunity to gain 15 minutes of relevance.

  77. Ian is a liar he not so special he get to full ah he self

  78. That’s a valid point Colin. It would be out of place to impute improper motives to CNC3 without hard evidence though. It would be libelous.
    By that same token, MATT should probably not have said the TTPS used disproportionate force. That is speculative too.
    I dance around libel all the time. You can say it but you just have to be careful.
    I agree that the CNC3 matter should been addressed with more depth.
    But they would have to be more skillful than to outright accuse them of fraud.

  79. Oh hush up MATT, a bunch of jokers. Nobody respects MATT, they lost that opportunity when they could not keep their organization together.

  80. And just for my information what right does matt have to request revenue generation information from a media house?

  81. Ian Alleyne is a journalist? lolllll

  82. The difference was Ian Alleyne was ostensibly representing a media house at the time.
    As far as I know anyway.

  83. I’ve seen police arrest people in this country before and Ian’s arrest was a joke compared to the others.

  84. Not surprised, ent the Head of Matt works at CNC3??

  85. Media is really a joke in this country- because many are just looking to get a job to pay their way to something better so don’t care- and the rest looking to get free complimentary tickets to an event. Have you listened to these talk shows recently -just idle talk to fill the spaces

  86. The truth will always prevail and set you free. CNC 3 you should be charged as well , you are just as guilty as the offender.

  87. STEUPS!!! What is “disproportionate force”? What foolishness. You would swear Alexander beat up Ian Alleyne. This is a huge none issue.

  88. All of ah sudden everyone in Trinidad and Tobago are police officers and all the police officers are civilians. What ah shame…………..most of us never trained in the police academy but we want to tell the police how to execute their jobs. Most of us can’t even dissaplain out children but we want to tell the police how to execute their jobs. Can’t you see that we are a sick and lawless nation.

  89. MATT wasting ppl time………..

  90. Further, in MATT’s release their only criticism of CNC3 focused on the media house’s failure to notify the public that the video had been edited:

    “It was CNC3’s duty to inform the public that the video had been altered. Not having done so, CNC3 omitted essential features of the confrontation and that omission amounted to misrepresentation.”

    How about the fact that the video was edited to begin with AND THEN APPROVED for broadcast? To me, that’s as egregious, if not more so. Add to that the “street knowledge” of who sponsors Crime Watch, and thus, by extension, adds to the coffers of CNC3, and that’s why folk are so irate about the seemingly disproportionate grilling of TV6.

  91. Lasana, I hear you eh, but on principle they should have as zealously spoken out against that said media house’s apparent culpability in perpetrating a fraud on the citizens of T&T, and in the process calling a police officer a liar.

  92. Okay, I still have to go over the specifics of the release. Today is a working day for me.
    But to use a wide brush stroke: If someone representing a media house goes out to do a story and gets roughed up by the police, shouldn’t MATT take note?
    We might argue over the specifics and whether they asked more of one media house and less of the other and so on. But I can see why, in principle, MATT would have felt the need to say something.

    • I think we all need clarification of said gentleman’s role and function to be represented by MATT. If he is representing a particular media house I have never heard him saying he is reporting for or representing anywhere or anything esle but his show. If shots from whatever he covered are used during nightly news or any other time it is voiced over by another reporter. Does he have a show that is paid for to be able to air or it is a program from said media house? These need to be answered. As for any other media representative being mishandled by the police then I can understand MATT’s stand on this.

    • He represents a media house. Ian Alleyne is able to join MATT if he chooses. MATT has become a bit more inclusive now.
      He isn’t a journalist. But once he earns even part of his living from a media house, he counts.

    • One final thing: if he represents a media house then why the disclaimer before his show? And I have never heard him say he is from that media house but always from his show. Then whatever happens during the coverage for his show should be his responsibility fully.

    • Honestly, I can’t say as I don’t know all the specifics. I know it a tv station hires you to do a show, then you’re affiliated to the media and would be protected by MATT.
      So I would expect that he should be protected even though he isn’t a journalist.
      But I can’t say for sure.

    • But is he hired by the media house? Does he fund his own show and buy the airtime? Does he split his advertising time and allow the station to sell a chunk of it to finance the airtime? I’d be surprised if he relinquished his autonomy to become an employee. Also, any half decent cnc3 lawyer would advise against employment to avoid liability. Considering that CCN was already dragged to court because of him. He’s an entertainer not a journalist.

    • Well, that is an excellent point and I really don’t know the answer. And it is very relevant of course.
      Jabari Peter Bem Fraser, do you know?

    • Lasana Liburd having said that, if their shows fall under the mandate of the News Depts. then an argument can be made that they are journalists. I suppose. And the broadcaster can only avoid a certain amount of liability if they’re independent contractors. They still have to adhere to the broadcast code or face damages and possible revocation of license, I imagine, in extreme cases. People forget that Broadcasters don’t own the airwaves they occupy. The people do and the gov’t issues licenses, for a time period, on their behalf. So the broadcaster, no matter what, still has to take responsibility for any breech of the Broadcast Code. As happened with TV6. If I remember correctly both the host and the station were taken to court separately for the same incident?

    • Yes. That’s right Cherise. It is a complex issue. I think clarity on several things related to this will be welcomed.

  93. Franciscans Hawkins you are bias,you not asking why the tape was edited and why Ian Alleyne lied

  94. There are conflict of interest in MATT as well i.e the president isn’t she an employee of cnc 3

  95. Did they ask for clarification when Ian Alleyne was on tv6? They should investigate CNC3 and GML for their coverage of the story.

  96. MATT who are you,what is your problem are you really concerned,hands off please.

  97. MATT serious? I didn’t know Ian Alleyne is a journalist. And why does CNC3 have a disclaimer before his show. Then all Trinidadian journalists should have one before opening their mouths or writing stories. The average journalist on hearing a command from an officer to leave a site will, but that individual is what ‘superb ultra’ Come on MATT answer this is he employed by CNC3? How is his show run and funded? If he is an employee of CNC3 then they should be held responsible for him totally.

  98. Isn’t MATT’s president employed @ CNC3? What are her views on CNC3 allegedly misrepresenting the facts?

  99. Nutsvendours of the media world -MATT

  100. ironic MATT are bullie to their own

  101. Shut up you MUTT !!!! Sorry I meant MATT ???

  102. MATT too has let us down. When will it end, Lord, when.

  103. Apparently this is a verrrrry serious scenario so much so that it requires the concentrated energies of ALL citizens. People, people stop what you are doing this needs urgent attention, time, nationwide discussion, forums, marches, prayers. What ever you have to contribute please do so cause apparently we ent have nutten better to do here!!!

  104. That disproportionate question is nonsense, what they need to focus on is in what capacity was Alexander at the scene – police officer, TV show host or both and if both does it constitute a conflict of interest?

  105. Seems that MATT thinks that police officers are like kindergarten teachers in that when you disregard their instructions they will use gentle persuasion. Steupss. MATT should be more concerned with a media house lying & trying to cover up evidence.

  106. This drama,just replaced what should be the main focus..a Badly abused woman with small kids and seemed to be threatened by the posting of a gun etc..when will the proper degree of help for her be shown?

  107. MATT also asking TV6 a shitload of questions about ad revenue…questions it isnt asking CNC3. A ten thousand word essaye to lay blame at TV6’s feet and one paragraph to chide CNC3.
    Bull friggeries.

  108. Now you know its reached circus levels . The convention of clowns have spoken

  109. Really! So much shit going on with the government and this is their release!