T&T Media Association condemns attack on Wired868 owner

By December 05, 2018
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The Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) is up in arms over the attack of noted sports journalist, Lasana Liburd.

Liburd, the founder and editor in chief of online magazine, Wired868, and a veteran freelance sports journalist in Trinidad and Tobago, was reportedly attacked during an Intercol football game with other allegations being banded about the reason for the abuse.

According to a letter from MATT, the organization had been made aware of the incident and viewed it as ‘disturbing’.

According to MATT, the incident was sparked by an article Liburd wrote and consequent actions where the journalist, once an executive of the organization, sought the court’s intervention.

“MATT views this situation as unacceptable and unequivocally condemns the attack on any journalist performing their duties,” read the release.

According to MATT, the incident flies in the face of the tenets of Freedom of the Press, something the organization points out, “is enshrined in [the] country’s Constitution.”

The MATT release went on to say there were avenues for persons to seek redress against the media and that physical attacks should never be one of them.

The matter, MATT went on, was made ultimately worse because the incident occurred in view of children.

Matt has lauded Liburd for reporting the matter to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and gave that body a call to action.

“we trust that it will be dealt with expeditiously in order to send a message that such acts will not be tolerated,” the release ended.

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