Government blames social networks over Tivoli

Establishes media centre in response

JamaicaObserver.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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BLAMING users of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter for spreading what it says is 'inaccurate and misleading' information, Government has established a media centre at the Hilton Hotel in New Kingston.

The centre is to be open for the next ten days from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm daily issuing regular bulletins in morning, midday and afternoon, as well as press briefings, to update on joint police-military operations.

We feel it important to make sure that we keep the nation informed by way of these bulletins, which will be prepared by the media centre, said Minister of Information Daryl Vaz.

The centre will be staffed by personnel from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and the Ministries of Information, Tourism, Foreign Affairs and National Security.     

Meanwhile, the Minister also announced the establishment of a complaints hotline for residents to register any concerns they might have regarding the current operations in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens. Residents are advised to call 946-1248 to register their concerns.

The hashtag #blamebruce recently became a locally trending topic on Twitter following Prime Minister Bruce Golding's admission over the Manatt Phelps & Phillips affair, relating to the extradition of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

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