The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) has decided to establish an independent committee to review the circumstances which led to MATT giving contentious information to the public surrounding the issues of Government and Corporate interference at the Trinidad Guardian in July.
The committee will be chaired by veteran journalist Tony Fraser.
This was among the decisions taken at the first meeting of the new executive at Express House in Port of Spain this week.
Present at the meeting were Curtis Williams, President; Khamal Georges, Vice President; Akash Samaroo, Secretary; Omatie Lyder, Assistant Secretary; Carla Bridglal, treasurer; and floor members Richard Charan and Jabari Fraser.
The committee will also establish a protocol for future releases by the MATT executive to ensure such a situation does not recur.
The executive has acknowledged that the dissemination of information in July that was subsequently rescinded as erroneous has had a deleterious (harmful) effect on MATT’s reputation as an organization and on its members, going straight to the heart of issues of trust, which the executive feels must be rebuilt.
The executive will also seek out a permanent home for MATT, and to significantly increase training opportunities for MATT members.
In addition, the executive committee discussed ways by which the MATT Media Awards could be reestablished as a way to recognize the achievements of media workers for excellence in their respective fields.
The next meeting of the executive will take place on September 12, 2013.