JFJ SUES SUNDAY HERALD

Jamaicans For Justice and Dr. Carolyn Gomes, Executive Director of Jamaicans For Justice, have filed a defamation claim in the Supreme Court of Jamaica against New Media Communications Limited publishers and proprietors of the Sunday Herald, Reverend Garnett Roper, and Christine King, columnist and Editor, respectively, of the Sunday Herald. The Claim has arisen out of two articles written by the Rev. Garnett Roper in his weekly column ?Roper?s Perspective? on December 25,2005 and January 8, 2006 and published in the Sunday Herald newspaper in which he makes damning allegations against Dr. Gomes and the organization. Jamaicans for Justice and Dr. Gomes in the claim have sought an Injunction from the Supreme Court restraining the Defendants from publishing the said libelous words and has claimed damages (including, aggravated and exemplary damages) for injury to their reputation. Jamaicans for Justice vehemently denies the libel and believes that the publication of the said allegations by the Defendants and their failure to retract the said baseless statements and apologise, is grossly irresponsible and unprofessional. The basis of Roper?s allegations seem to stem from Jamaicans for Justice having received the prestigious Weimar Defender of Human Rights Award. The Weimar prize is a prestigious internationally recognised human rights award and is awarded each year to individuals or groups ?who commit themselves to working for more humanity and tolerance among people and peoples, but especially for the ensuring and creation of basic values equality, freedom and justice?. Contact: Mrs. Susan Goffe ? 755-4524-6; 815-3648 Mrs. Shawn Wilkinson ? 755-4524-6: 369-8120