MATT condemns attack on journalist Lasana Liburd

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) says it has been made aware of a disturbing incident involving a former member of the executive and freelance journalist, Lasana Liburd.

According to a report, received by MATT, Liburd was attacked while performing his job at the school's Intercol finals yesterday.

"This attack is said to have been initiated by someone who Mr. Liburd had recently written an article about and initiated legal action against," MATT said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

MATT retains attorney Dr Emir Crowne in response to propose Cybercrime Bill

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) has engaged the services of attorney Dr. Emir Crowne in its response to the proposed Cybercrime Bill, 2017.

Crowne, is a barrister and attorney-at-law admitted to practice in Ontario, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.

He is also a senior lecturer in law at the University of the West Indies’ Faculty of Law, Mona Campus in Jamaica.

MATT slams introduction of Cybercrime Bill

The Media Association says it is not satisfied with the level of discussion the government had with it on the Cybercrime Bill.

MATT says the bill has the potential to criminalise professional journalists working in the public interest.

MATT issued this statement today.

"The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) is deeply concerned about the reintroduction of the Cybercrime Bill (2016).

Broadcast journalist Vernon Ramesar to run unopposed for MATT presidency

News producer and broadcast journalist Vernon Ramesar will run unopposed for the position of President of the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) at Saturday's executive elections.

Senior reporter at the Trinidad Guardian newspaper, Joel Julien will also run unopposed for the position of vice-president.

MATT released the names of the candidates this morning.

They are;

President: Vernon Ramesar, News Producer & Broadcast Journalist, CCN TV6

Vice President: Joel Julien, Senior Reporter, Guardian

MATT in solidarity with retrenched media workers

The Media Association is standing in solidarity with media workers who are facing retrenchment.

MATT issued the following statement Thursday evening.

"The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago stands in solidarity with dozens of media workers facing the dread and uncertainty of retrenchment.

Workers across several media houses have already been terminated and it is likely that this trend will continue across the sector.

MATT: Breach of journalistic principles led to Crime Watch's demise

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) has responded to the termination of the Crime Watch programme on CNC3, saying it's view is that a breach of journalistic principles ultimately led to the demise of the show.

MATT says it hopes that journalistic best practice is adopted, if the show is to be resumed.

The following is MATT's statement:

MATT hits at police's lack of response following attack on Guardian news photographer

The Media Association is condemning an attack on Guardian news photographer Rishi Ragoonath by a prisoner who temporary escaped police custody outside of the San fernando Magistrate's Court.

MATT is frowning upon the police's failure to issue a public statement on the matter.

The following is a statement from MATT: