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Thursday, October 26, 2006 - Consistent with its educational programme on ethics and self-regulation, the Eastern Caribbean Press Council (ECPC) will be hosting a media workshop on November 16 at Bay Gardens Hotel at Rodney Bay.

The ECPC was launched in Saint Lucia several years ago, at an event addressed by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony and addressed by media personalities from several Caribbean territories.

According to Executive Secretary of the ECPC, Ainsley Sahai, the programme is aimed at explaining to journalists what exactly is self-regulation, the benefits of practising it and the ethical values to which journalists should adhere.
The discussions will also incorporate the role of the public editor and the use of the Code of Practice for Caribbean journalists.
The ECPC has facilitated the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) in allowing that enterprise to make a presentation on the redevelopment of the web channel.
Resource personnel will be Lady Simmons, chair of the ECPC, who is a former Barbados Appeal Court judge; Mrs. Roxanne Gibbs, executive editor of the Nation newspaper; Rickey Singh, well-known Caribbean journalist and Ainsley Sahai, acting general manager of CANA.
Ms.Karen Cater will be the CMC’s resource person.
The workshop, which starts at 9 am, is open to all journalists from the print and electronic media in St. Lucia.
In the evening, at 7.30 pm, there will be a public forum at the public library, Castries. This is aimed at enlightening the public about self-regulation and the role of the media.
The workshop is one of a series which have been held in St. Vincent, Grenada, Antigua and Dominica.

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