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Jamaica: Gov’t unaware of PAC pressure on Auditor General to name journalist

The Holness administration says it’s “not aware” of the circumstances in which government representatives on a parliamentary committee yesterday demanded the name of a journalist who reported on an issue being deliberated in Parliament.  

And it says because of that, it cannot say at this time whether it condones such requests by lawmakers.  

“Maybe we’re not as informed as we should be about events that took place yesterday. Give us some time to understand the context of what you’re asking because we are not aware,” said Robert Morgan, the state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.  

“It (question) is significantly without context. I’m not necessarily au fait with the circumstances from which this question comes,” added Morgan, whom portfolio minister Fayval Williams asked to address the question raised at this morning’s post-Cabinet press briefing.  

Morgan also said a formal request could be made to the ministry for a response.  

Yesterday’s meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) dominated the news cycle and social media after government member, Robert Miller, asked Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis to name the journalist from The​ Gleaner who spoke with her about a story published Tuesday.  

Government members on the committee were peeved that the news report contained information, received from Gordon House, which they expected to get from the auditor general during the meeting.  

Monroe Ellis has been appearing before the PAC to answer questions about an audit of her department by the Ministry of Finance. 

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