Published On: Mon, Jun 9th, 2014

News media and government work together to make arrangements

meeting with the press

WILLEMSTAD - The Communication & Information Department (DCV), along with a committee consisting of members of the news media, will talk about new working arrangements. These agreements will then be published in a code for journalists.

This is the outcome of the consultations that took place this morning between the media, Prime Minister Ivar Asjes and DCV department manager, Roxiennne Albertina.

The committee, in which the media will be represented, will have delegates from the various media sectors. The committee will consist of six members in which television, Papiamento and Dutch-speaking radio, Papiamento and Dutch-speaking newspapers and news websites will be represented. This committee will be installed this week.

It is planned that next week the committee will meet with DCV to put the new working arrangements on paper. The reason for this action is the 'Kodigo di Kondukta' (code of conduct) that the government also announced on May 15, which led to protest from The members of the news media in connection with its restrictive effect.

After several incidents, including a boycott on questions from the media during the visit of Asdrubal Chávez in connection with the signing of the MoU for the refinery and also when some media openly raised the issue of restrictions on the press during the visit of the Dutch Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs last week, Prime Minister Asjes was handed a letter with the request for a dialogue on how the government deals with the media. That request was granted today.

Photo credit: Yves Cooper (Notisia360)

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