THE MEDIA WORKERS ASSOCIATION of Grenada has passed a resolution to allow the body’s executive to continue to operate despite being in breach of provisions in the association’s constitution regarding when elections are due.
At a special meeting called recently to inform members about plans for the annual media awards it was pointed out that the executive was acting without authority, as elections should have been held three months ago.
However media workers present at the meeting agreed to allow the executive, led by President Shere-ann Noel, to continue to hold their offices until arrangements can be made for elections to take place.
Members agreed to the resolution after the executive informed them that they were now involved in sensitive negotiations with Digicel to renew a sponsorship deal for the annual media awards.
The media awards, which were held annually, have not happened in the last two years. MWAG has been struggling in the last four years and within the organisation, president Noel has faced a litany of complaints about her leadership, with members feeling underserved and left out of association business.
Commenting on the breach of the constitution, senior journalist Milton Coy said, “MWAG is a very important estate in national development and if they are going to consistently breach the constitution we need to call for stronger leadership.
“We need to be careful and apply the principles of good governance”.
The Grenada media has been heavily criticized and reporters accused of not doing their jobs, being beholden to political masters, missing the actual news and acting as public relations agents for the government of the day, in the manner which stories and issues of national importance are covered.
Speaking to this newspaper Coy said, “In any country the media is like a cabinet.”
“Politicians manage what they tell the media because they know the impact we have.”
With MWAG set to install a new executive by March, Coy cautions, that in an election season the decision about who leads the media will be a critical one.
“The media is too important to fall into the hands of people who do not mean well and that’s where the senior people come in, to help lay a foundation for the younger ones.”