According to the Observer, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders yesterday called for full investigations into the conduct of the Jamaican police in two cases involving Jamaican journalists - Julian Richardson of the Observer and Gleaner photographer Ricardo Makyn.
While covering a shooting at Half-Way Tree, Ricardo Makyn states he was approached by a plainclothes policeman who demanded him to stop taking pictures. An arguement devoloped, then a shoving match. Makin was taken to the police station where he was charged with using abusive languarge, assaulting a police officer and disobeying instructions from a police officer.
In the other case Richardson was arrested, slapped and given 3 traffic charges because he would not give a bribe to some officers that stopped him on February 14.
Reporters without borders is an organization that monitors actions taken against journalist worldwide. The police had no comment.
Source: Jamaica Observer