The Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers has joined in criticism of the controversial Nation newspaper article, captioned Sex Scene, saying use of the photograph was in poor taste.
Newly elected ACM President, Clive Bacchus, told Barbados Today, “I don’t think use of the photograph is in keeping with the best journalistic practice”.
Since publication of the article, in its October 26 Saturday Sun edition, the newspaper has come under severe criticism from many Barbadians and a number of organisations across the island, with Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite, saying last week he will check whether any laws were breached, and press charges if so.
Now the Trinidad and Tobago-based umbrella organisation for national associations across the Caribbean and individual journalists has added its stamp of disapproval to the chorus of objections.
” A key journalistic question that always needs to be asked when using potentially contentious photographs is ‘what does it add to the story’?” Bacchus said last night, and added, “The journalistic issue regarding the value of the photograph could have been addressed using existing media standards and a sense of good taste”.
The comment by Bacchus, who is based in St Kitts and Nevis, comes against the backdrop of the ACM adopting a resolution on media self-regulation at its 7th Biennial General Assembly on October 27 – one day following the nation’s contentious publication.
The resolution states in part, “good journalistic standards are based on professional ethical principles, to which media practitioners must adhere”.