ACM Calls for Me­dia Self-Reg­u­la­tion

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An­gel­ica O'DonoghueHolder

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Caribbean Me­dia Work­ers hosted a one-day work­shop in Saint Lu­cia with an aim to dis­cuss and cre­ate a prac­ti­cal me­dia self-reg­u­la­tion model. Me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers lo­cally and across the region hud­dled for the in­for­ma­tion packed ses­sion geared specif­i­cally for prac­tic­ing jour­nal­ists and me­dia house op­er­a­tors.

Me­di­at­ing the ses­sion was for­mer TV an­chor and host Onel San­ford- Belle.

Belle pointed out to the STAR that as jour­nal­ist their “pref­er­ence is to be self reg­u­lated, in or­der to mon­i­tor our own stan­dards, as op­pose to al­low­ing or to wait for harsh reg­u­la­tion whether by gov­ern­ment or a pri­vate en­tity.” She con­tin­ued: "This work­shop is the sec­ond phase of a me­dia self-reg­u­la­tion pro­ject which started con­sul­ta­tions in Saint Lu­cia, Trinidad, Ja­maica and Guyana in 2014."

The work­shop in­cluded sev­eral top­ics rang­ing from In­ter­na­tional best prac­tices and prin­ci­ples, pro­tec­tion of free­dom of expression, cy­ber­crime leg­is­la­tion and ad­vo­cacy.

No­table re­gional jour­nal­ists such as Ju­lian Rogers, Ane­sia Bap­tiste and Su­nil Ramdeen were also on hand to of­fer their ex­pe­ri­ences from across the region.

Also host­ing the open dis­cus­sion was the ACM pres­i­dent Wes­ley Gib­bings who spoke at length in re­gards to his re­search into the es­tab­lish­ment of a Me­dia Com­plaints Coun­cil and me­dia self reg­u­la­tions that are re­quired to gov­ern both lo­cal and re­gional me­dia as­so­ci­a­tions.

Fond Doux Plan­ta­tion & Re­sort is hav­ing a re­mark­able year, re­ceiv­ing yet an­other pres­ti­gious award. This time they were rec­og­nized as “The Amer­ica’s Best Sus­tain­able Bou­tique Ho­tel” at the World Bou­tique Ho­tel Awards (WBHA) cer­e­mony in London on Wed­nes­day.

Ero­line La­mon­tagne, co-owner of Fond Doux, was on hand to re­ceive the award per­son­ally which the re­sort also won in 2015.

“We are thrilled to once again be rec­og­nized with a World Bou­tique Ho­tel Award,” said Ero­line. She con­tin­ued, “this award rep­re­sents the hard work of our team at Fond Doux who make sus­tain­abil­ity a part of their daily work prac­tice. And it re­flects on the com­mit­ment we have to our beau­ti­ful St. Lu­cia, as she sus­tains us, and we are proud to do all we can to give back.”

Nom­i­na­tions for the WHBAs are made by an Awards Vot­ing Jury com­prised of 30 well-trav­elled in­dus­try ex­perts and lux­ury travel jour­nal­ists. The WHBA panel re­viewed more than 300 ho­tels before an­nounc­ing this year’s win­ners.

Sus­tain­able tourism ac­tiv­i­ties at Fond Doux, and its com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, are guided by an en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy con­sis­tent with Green Globe Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments.

“Our vi­sion has al­ways been to be as en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious as pos­si­ble,” says Ly­ton La­mon­tagne. “Fond Doux is the only true or­ganic re­sort on Saint Lu­cia, and the only re­sort en­gaged in true ecofriendly build­ing prac­tices and cul­tural preser­va­tion.”

2016 has been a ban­ner year so far for Fond Doux, re­ceiv­ing ad­di­tional awards and ac­co­lades in­clud­ing a TripEx­pert 2016 Editors’ Choice Award, a fourth con­sec­u­tive Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence from TripAd­vi­sor for both ho­tel and restau­rant, and a third straight Travel Weekly Mag­el­lan Award.

Ear­lier this week Fond Doux own­ers ac­cepted the World Bou­tique Award in the UK.

ACM Pres­i­dent, Wes­ley Gib­bings ad­dress­ing members of the lo­cal and re­gional me­dia fra­ter­nity dur­ing the one day in­dus­try con­sul­ta­tion work­shop at the Palm Haven Ho­tel last Fri­day.

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