“MATT condemns any form of intimidation against media workers, whether it be veiled or otherwise…”
The following MATT release is in response to a statement by Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith, which criticised MATT Vice-President Joel Julien for the association’s missive on Thursday.
The MATT statement criticised police officers for their ‘heavy-handed and unprofessional conduct’ during an exercise at Radio and TV Jaagriti and claimed that the lawmen did not produce a warrant. Griffith has refuted MATT’s claims:
The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) takes its mandate to defend freedom of the press seriously and will continue to do so despite any attempt to single out or intimidate any member of its executive.
MATT stands by its release issued on Thursday 18th April, 2019, highlighting a situation at Radio and TV Jaagriti involving officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).
That statement was released after MATT received written reports from two individuals who were present at the time of the incident.
Based on those reports and operating within our purview, MATT raised the concerns expressed by its members.
MATT condemns any form of intimidation against media workers, whether it be veiled or otherwise.
MATT respects the work of the TTPS and Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith, and will never actively choose to obstruct them from performing their duties. We, however, will always defend the constitutional right of Freedom of the Press in this country in the face of all adversity.