“We want to reassure all members of the (media) fraternity, those who are members of the organisation formally and those who are watchers, supporters and even critics of the organisation that we intend to approach our task with integrity and a lot of diligence”.
So said newly elected president of the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) Dr Sheila Rampersad following the organisation’s elections at TSTT’s suite at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday.
Elections were also held at Bmobile’s Conference Room at Gulf City Mall, Lowlands in Tobago.
Joining Rampersad on the new MATT executive are vice president Lasana Liburd, treasurer Vindhar Suraj, secretary Francesca Hawkins, assistant secretary Marie Hull and floor members Akash Samaroo and Jensen La Vende.
Rampersad said high on her agenda for MATT are reform of the association’s constitution, as well as dealing with the Cybercrime Bill, Whistleblower legislation and the Non-Profit Organisation’s Bill.
With respect to the current war against the media by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, Rampersad said the association will continue monitoring the situation.
She said MATT will continue to defend press freedom and freedom of expression for all.
“The Media Association essentially is about the protection of press freedom and advocacy for freedom of expression more generally under which freedom of the press comes so that freedom of expression for all people, for all sectors, for all individuals, for all organisations, remain an important focus for MATT and we will continue to guard it in whatever way we feel is necessary,” she said.