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Johnson Smith cautions Hanna on fake news

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith has issued a warning on fake news to Opposition spokesperson, Lisa Hanna, who earlier today issued a statement in which it was alleged that St Lucian Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Anton Edmunds, was a victim of the Las Vegas tragedy in the US.

Johnson Smith, in a release this afternoon, underscored the importance of Hanna “exercising caution and sensitivity in pronouncing on such matters and indeed on matters generally associated with Jamaica's foreign policy and relations”.

The People's National Party (PNP), which issued the release on behalf of the new Opposition spokesperson, has since withdrawn the erroneous statement.

Johnson Smith further indicated that Ambassador Edmunds had yesterday corrected the false report, and furthermore, Foreign Minister Flood-Beaubrun of St Lucia has confirmed that their ambassador is alive and well.

She also shared that just earlier today, her CARICOM Foreign Minister colleagues were commenting on the phenomenon of fake news, and how much greater care needs to be exercised in this domain.

The minister re-affirmed her offer of prayers and sympathies to the people of the United States, particularly the families of the many victims of the terrible tragedy in Las Vegas.

She also extended her regrets to the people and government of St Lucia for any distress caused by the statement attributed to Hanna.

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