Media Association of Jamaica Request to be exempted from Data Protection Act

MAJ joins call for journalists to be exempted from Data Protection Act

Irina Mossi Love Detective

The Media AssociationThe Media Association of Jamaica has joined the call for journalists to be exempted from the Data Protection Act.

The MAJ made a submission before a joint select committee of parliament, outlining a number of concerns with the bill, which seeks to among other things secure the confidentiality of personal data and provides for rights of individuals to access the information.

MAJ Chairman Christopher Barnes told the committee that the current draft raises major concerns for the business of media and concerns with respect to freedom of the press

He raised concerns about the definition of personal data.

Mr. Barnes said the business of media would be devastated by the act in its current form.

Another area of concern relates to registration particulars.

And, member of the joint select committee on data protection, Mark Golding notes that important considerations arise relating press freedom and freedom of expression as it relates to the bill.

Meanwhile, committee Chair, Dr. Andrew Wheatley says it was not the intent to pass a bill which infringes on press freedom and freedom of expression.

The Media Association Jamaica Limited (MAJ) is pleased to announce its elected Executive Committee as follows:-

Christopher Barnes (Chairman) – The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited

Steve Billings (Vice-Chairperson) – Suncity Radio Jamaica Limited

Claire Grant (Vice-Chairperson) – Television Jamaica Limited

Danville Walker – Jamaica Observer Limited

Debbian Dewar – Grove Broadcasting Company Limited

Lennie Gordon- Nationwide News Network Limited

Keith Campbell- Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ)

D’Adra Williams – Zip 103 FM

Dennis Howard- Radio Jamaica Limited

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