KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has expressed disappointment at the recent viral social media video in which a female presenter at a well-known radio station was seen presenting a gift-wrapped bat to a man who is before the court facing several criminal charges.
The individual who received the ‘gift’ was Ramone Silvera, who gained notoriety last week after he was caught on camera verbally abusing passengers of a taxicab in an expletive-laden tirade while threatening them as he held a piece of board in his hand.
Silvera, who describes himself as ‘Professional Clown’, demanded that the passengers exit the vehicle that was operating at the same time taxi drivers withdrew their service as they demanded a ticket amnesty from the Government. Their demand has been rejected and Silvera has since been charged with assault at common law, disorderly conduct, and using indecent language.
The radio station host joked with Silvera after she handed him the bat, urging him to use it responsibly.
In a statement Saturday the PSOJ said “We implore media stakeholders to be mindful of their incredible responsibility in supporting and advocating for public order and the rule of law. As citizens, we must refrain from actions that, in any way, promote lawlessness”.
“Let us remain vigilant as a nation in safeguarding values of decency, harmony and lawful behaviour in all our actions,” it added.
Since the release of the video, companies such as Digicel have withdrawn advertising from the radio station with immediate effect. Digicel advised in a statement on Twitter that the action will last for 30 days.