MATT condemns attack on journalist Lasana Liburd

The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) says it has been made aware of a disturbing incident involving a former member of the executive and freelance journalist, Lasana Liburd.

According to a report, received by MATT, Liburd was attacked while performing his job at the school's Intercol finals yesterday.

"This attack is said to have been initiated by someone who Mr. Liburd had recently written an article about and initiated legal action against," MATT said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

MATT says it views this situation as unacceptable and unequivocally condemns the attack on any journalist performing their duties.

"Citizens are reminded that Freedom of the Press is enshrined in this country's Constitution and there are legal avenues of redress for persons who feel they are aggrieved by articles written about them," it added.

"Physical attacks are not one of those avenues."

MATT said that in its view, this matter has been made even worse as the attack occurred at an event in which school students were in attendance.

Liburd has reported the matter to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and we trust that it will be dealt with expeditiously in order to send a message that such acts will not be tolerated.

 

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