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JFLAG condemns behaviour, urges newspaper to report matter to police

A response has come from the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, (JFLAG) to a letter it received on Thursday from the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) condemning the attack on Observer journalists, by men alleged to be homosexuals.

The Observer newspaper reported on Thursday that its team was attacked with bottles and stones, as it attempted to get pictures of premises in Millsborough, St Andrew, occupied by the men.

In the PAJ's letter to Dane Lewis, JFLAG's executive director, Jenni Campbell, the Association's president noted, that there was no indication, that the Observer team had attacked the men, or sought to invade their privacy.

In a response letter to Miss Campbell, Mr. Lewis said J-FLAG does not condone any form of misconduct, violent or criminal behaviour. He said the group condemns all acts of violence or intimidation either from or directed towards the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual community. Mr. Lewis has suggested that the attack on the team from the Observer newspaper be reported to the police.

Mr. Lewis said J-FLAG is an advocacy organization and therefore cannot be seen as having any direct control over the behaviour of the population it represents.



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