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Media ejected from Hylton’s logistics hub meeting
2013-08-29 16:42:52 | (0 Comments)
Richard Browne, Business Writer
Anthony Hylton – File
The media were evicted from a meeting on Jamaica’s Global Logistics Hub project between the Jamaica Exporters' Association (JEA) and Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, on Thursday afternoon, despite an earlier invitation.
The move comes at a time when controversy has been heating up over the Chinese proposal to build its own logistics hub on the Goat Islands off the coast of St Catherine, which is part of an environmentally protected area.
The hub project led by Hylton’s ministry is a series of projects spanning the ports, redevelopment of lands at the Caymanas Estate and other components.
The Gleaner had managed to avoid the eviction initially, but Joan Hutchinson, an official from the communications section of the ministry was alerted.
“The minister has requested a private meeting without the media,” said Hutchinson, who pointedly told The Gleaner to leave the meeting.
Prior to that incident, Jean Smith apologised to the JEA members for the late start.
She said Hylton was in the building and would be coming in shortly, now that the media had left.
The meeting started about 40 minutes late as a result.
“We aren't blaming anybody,” Hutchinson later told The Gleaner, when asked why the media had been evicted.
“It was an error on our part,” she said.
Another media representative who managed to re-enter the meeting, was later approached by Hutchinson once more.
The reporter told Hutchinson that as he had been invited by the JEA, the Industry Ministry had no right to expel him.
Hutchinson then consulted with a JEA official, who then requested that the reporter leave.
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