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PAJ reviewing call for Samuda to resign over tape controversy
2013-09-02 08:42:13 | (0 Comments)
The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) says it is now reviewing its call for Television Jamaica chairman Milton Samuda to resign.
Milton Samuda - File
Two Sunday’s ago the PAJ passed a resolution for Samuda to step down over his decision to request the tapes of two journalists following their interviews with his clients Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson.
Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were being interviewed in July following their positive tests for banned substances and Samuda who is their lawyer sat in on the interview.
In a joint statement released last night, the PAJ says its representatives met with Samuda and his team on Saturday with a view to resolving outstanding differences about the interview.
According to the statement, both the PAJ and Samuda have acknowledged that errors were made by the journalists and Samuda himself.
The journalists had agreed to pre-approved questions for the athletes, but during the interview introduced other questions.
It was the responses to these unapproved questions that Samuda sought to erase from the tapes.
The PAJ says the journalists have apologised to their newsrooms and the association for their actions and this was accepted.
It says Samuda's apology at the meeting was also accepted.
The statement notes that both the journalists and the attorney have affirmed that their actions will not be repeated.
The PAJ says it is awaiting the outcome of investigations being conducted by the RJR.
Communications Group of which Samuda is the deputy chairman.
Last week, Samuda issued a statement saying that he has taken leave of absence from the board of the RJR Communications Group while the matter is being probed.
In relation to the question of payola both the PAJ and Samuda say they are satisfied that it does not arise in this situation.
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