The President of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL), Clinton Reynolds, has responded to concerns expressed by the President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), Karolin Troubetzkoy, about the local media.
In her New Year’s address, Troubetzkoy expressed the hope that the local press would spend more time this year to check the accuracy of their news stories before publishing them.
The SLHTA President also expressed the wish that the local press would be more sensitive to the damage which “irresponsible reporting” can do.
Speaking exclusively to the Times, MASL President Clinton Reynolds said Troubetzkoy’s comments would have been justified if she had identified examples where the local media were out of line or inaccurate.
“To come out and make a statement criticizing the local media without providing any sort of corroboration or any sort of rationale for making such a statement is really not acceptable to me.”
The MASL President observed that Troubetzkoy in her New Year’s message had also commented on the international press and their coverage of local events, expressing the hope that they would cover more positive stories about this country in 2016.
Reynolds told the Times:
“What we have to realize in our local context is that we have a number of media organizations, many of them doing news and this is every day in the week. There are a few instances where they might get it wrong. I am not saying that the media here are perfect. However I don’t think that this is reason for such a critique of the media. “