FLASHBACK - Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley address members of the media during a press conference at the VIP Lounge, Piarco International Airport, after his return from the COP26 UN Climate Summit, Scotland.

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) has reminded its members and all practising media professionals of the importance of upholding the highest standards of professionalism and ethics.

The reminder comes in the wake of reports of a request from Government’s Communications Ministry for a copy of a radio programme aired on November 17, in which certain statements—allegedly of a defamatory nature—were made by the show’s host about the Prime Minister.

The Ministry reportedly requested a copy of the programme on Monday 22 November 2021.

Today, MATT issued the following statement in response to these developments…

Following allegedly defamatory statements made by a radio announcer and the Government’s ‘demand’ for a copy of the programme, on 22nd November, MATT wishes to issue the following statement.

“The Media Association recognises that media, as the Fourth Estate and a public accountability watchdog, is mandated to ensure that the Government is held to account and the public’s business is conducted transparently, and public records available to all.

To protect these rights, we must remain vigilant both within and without our profession to ensure that we self-regulate to abide by the same high standards we expect of others.

MATT wishes to remind our colleagues that ethical and professional journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues, and the public as human beings deserving of respect.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Media Complaints Council (MCC) remains the official channel to receive complaints under the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association (TTPBA).”