By Ingrid Fernandez, Staff Reporter
The Canadian Government is gathering media personnel from across the Caribbean region to attend a media law workshop in Barbados next week.
Themed “Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean”, (IMPACT Justice) is a regional justice sector reform project implemented from within the Caribbean Law Institute Center, Cavehill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Topics to be discussed aim 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 opening ceremony will see Senior Director to the Caribbean Regional Programme and Director for Canada to the Caribbean Development Bank, Gail Miller deliver remarks on behalf of the Canadian government.
Also Velma Newton, regional project director of IMPACT Justice, will provide and introduction to the project. Newton stated that the workshop will increase the journalists’ knowledge of their rights and legal parameters within which they are expected to operate. They will also gain knowledge of the relationship between the public and media and how to ensure the rights of the public.
The workshop will be conducted from February 23- 24 2016 at the Radisson Aquatica Resort.