Cana­dian-funded IM­PACT Jus­tice Pro­ject to host Me­dia Law Work­shop

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Me­dia per­son­nel from Saint Lu­cia and across the re­gion are sched­uled to at­tend a Me­dia Law Work­shop be­ing hosted by the Cana­dian Gov­ern­ment­funded pro­ject Im­proved Ac­cess to Jus­tice in the Caribbean (IM­PACT Jus­tice). IM­PACT Jus­tice, which is a re­gional jus­tice sec­tor re­form pro­ject, is be­ing im­ple­mented from within the Caribbean Law In­sti­tute Cen­tre, UWI, Cave Hill Cam­pus.

The work­shop, which takes place from Fe­bru­ary 23rd – 24th at the Radis­son Aquat­ica Re­sort, Bar­ba­dos, falls un­der the pro­ject’s Pub­lic Le­gal Education Com­po­nent. The top­ics to be pre­sented are aimed at ad­dress­ing the rights of the me­dia, the role of the me­dia in ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about their rights and the me­dia’s duty to act re­spon­si­bly.

The work­shop will com­mence with an Open­ing Cer­e­mony at which Dr. Mar­garet Gail Miller, Se­nior Di­rec­tor to the Caribbean Re­gional Pro­gramme and Di­rec­tor for Canada to the Caribbean De­vel­op­ment Bank, will de­liver re­marks on be­half of the Govern­ment of Canada. Prof. Velma New­ton, Re­gional Pro­ject Di­rec­tor of IM­PACT Jus­tice, will pro­vide an in­tro­duc­tion to the pro­ject.

Com­ment­ing on the goals of the work­shop, Prof. New­ton stated, “It is ex­pected that the de­liv­ery of this pro­gramme will re­sult in in­creased knowl­edge of the rights of jour­nal­ists and the le­gal pa­ram­e­ters within which they are ex­pected to op­er­ate; in­creased knowl­edge of the rights of the pub­lic in re­la­tion to the me­dia and an over­all aware­ness of the prin­ci­ples of re­spon­si­ble jour­nal­ism.”

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