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MATT concerned by alleged Bassant death threat

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago views with great concern alleged threats on the life of CCN’s Senior Investigative Reporter Mark Bassant. MATT wishes to remind the country that a free and fair press and one that is free from fear is crucial to the functioning of a democracy …

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True Silk: What Dana’s passing means to T&T

If the assassination of Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal is a wake-up call to you; then something’s wrong with you. If a little boy being raped and killed in a swimming pool at a birthday party wasn’t a wake-up call then, Dana’s assassination can’t wake you up to nothing. You’re in …

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Sharma’s karma: Bharath looks at another disgraceful exit from a PP Minister

If you are from South Trinidad, Pundit Chandresh Sharma isn’t a new name to you. And you’d also be very familiar with the numerous stories that fly around about infidelities, outside children and even less than kosher behavior in public office. None of the rumors particularly recent. But let’s not dwell …

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Carnival copyright and how it changed our mas

It shouldn’t be surprising, given the NCC’s failure to hold a public consultation on the copyright issues that arose in 2013, to find the whole ugly mess bubbling up again.  Photographers who went to the NCC to seek accreditation for the 2014 edition of the event found no reductions in …

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MATT “disappointed” with Defamation and Libel Act

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) is disappointed that the amendments to the Defamation and Libel Act 2013 that excluded the repeal of Section 8 of the Act have been passed in the Senate. Section 8 of the Act, which states, “If any person maliciously publishes any defamatory …

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To a late media stalwart: Thank you, Therese

The words that I’ve heard used to describe Therese Mills over the last week have not been surprising. Grand Dame. Iron Lady.  They are descriptions that seek to wrap the achievements of a strong-willed and determined woman in the armour of a fighter and crusader. That’s one way of seeing …

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Well done, PM: Activist lauds Kamla’s S/African gesture

After decided to give my support to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, I was surprised when a colleague requested a meeting with her on our behalf and it was granted; especially when one takes into account that I was known to be one of the harshest critics of her Government not …

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