Ayo Johnson, pictured left, was initially denied access to today's press conference. *Photo courtesy of Bernews
Ayo Johnson, pictured left, was initially denied access to today's press conference. *Photo courtesy of Bernews

Statement from the Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Derrick Binns

 

“First and foremost the Government of Bermuda values the contributions of all of Bermuda’s recognized media organizations. 

"We recognize the important role they play in ensuring that the public is properly informed about Government's initiatives and programmes and other community and social matters.  

“That said, when we host Government press conferences and events, there are protocols that need to be upheld and followed - this applies to all members of the media - and all media understand this.

“Furthermore, as the public can appreciate with any organisation, Government must ensure that any representative attending a scheduled press event is legitimate and genuine.

“Recognized members of Bermuda's media are registered to and/or governed by one of two entities, either the Bermuda Media Council or the Broadcast Commission.

“As Think Media is an unknown organization to us, we had undertaken to understand its origins by ensuring that it was a legitimate media outfit. Hence we sought clarification from Mr. Johnson as to whether he was a member of the Media Council.

“It should be clearly noted that at no point did we inhibit Mr. Johnson's rights. In fact, we used our discretion and allowed him to attend today's press conference today once he confirmed with us that he intended to become a member of the Media Council this afternoon.

“That said, we continue to do our due diligence in assessing the validity of Mr. Johnson’s organisation in order to afford him media privileges.”