Media Association of Jamaica Request to be exempted from Data Protection Act
MAJ joins call for journalists to be exempted from 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