“Rather than point fingers at media houses or individuals, MATT has taken the decision to focus on increasing sensitivity and awareness in coverage of LGBT issues in the media.”
The following media statement on LGBTQI sensitivity training for journalists was issued by the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT):
The Jones vs the State case has pushed LGBTQI issues into the national spotlight and has resulted in increased media coverage.
While most of this coverage has been generally fair, some editorial decisions have resulted in heated debate and even outrage.
Rather than point fingers at media houses or individuals, MATT has taken the decision to focus on increasing sensitivity and awareness in coverage of LGBT issues in the media.
To this end, MATT has arranged for representatives of the Silver Lining Foundation, CAISO, and the IGDS to assist us with a media workshop to be held at 10am on 28 April at Costaatt’s School of Journalism and Communication Studies, Alcazar Street, Woodbrook, POS.
These groups will address their concerns about existing coverage and work with MATT towards developing guidelines on the reporting of LGBT issues. We may also hold a follow-up event to present the guidelines coming out of this workshop.
MATT takes this opportunity to remind media professionals of the need to observe journalistic principles of fairness and accuracy in all reporting.
Editor’s Note: Controversial recent Trinidad Guardian articles, which addressed the sexual orientation of then president-elect Paula-Mae Weekes and 2018 Commonwealth Games 100m champion Michelle-Lee Ahye, were both written by MATT vice-president Joel Julien.