April 16, 2012
Mr. Cris Seecheran
Chief Executive Officer
Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago
# 5 Eight Avenue Ext. Twelfth Street
Barataria, San Juan.
Dear Mr. Seecheran:
Re: Complaint of inappropriate Graphic Content on Local TV Stations
We write once more to complain about the graphic footage broadcast on CCN TV6’s Crime Watch programme. On the evening of Thursday April 12, 2012, we again received complaints from members of the public. This time, the battered and bruised upper body of two year old Aliyah Johnson was the object of this reckless sensationalism.
Whilst we have been told repeatedly, that systems have been put in place to monitor the content of this show prior to its live broadcast, it would appear that the editing process employed by TV6 is either painfully inefficient or simply ignored. In light of this latest display of media irresponsibility and insensitivity, we respectfully call on you to consider:
1) Issuing a public statement that categorically condemns the broadcast of such footage, even in the absence of a broadcast code.
2) Writing to the Director of Public Prosecutions enquiring as to whether the broadcast referred to above has the potential, to in any way, compromise the integrity of the case that is now before the courts.
3) Engaging a process to realize the completion of the final consultation on the broadcast code no later than May 31, 2012 with an end to have the legislation passed in our Parliament during the current session.
FIXIN’ T&T remains committed to a robust, free and independent media. We maintain however that its basic tenets of good taste, responsibility and respect for privacy must always be observed.
Mr. Selby Wilson: Chairman of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago
Mr. Roger Gaspard SC: Director of Public Prosecutions
The Honourable Mrs Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan: Minister of Public Administration