As previously announced, the Government will not approve of charging accreditation fees for working members of the media covering the up-coming Junkanoo parades.
Neither does the Government contemplate levying accreditation fees for coverage of Junkanoo or any other public event any time in the future.
The Government is committed to making Junkanoo, our premier cultural street festival, accessible to as many Bahamians as possible and that is why it was announced recently that the prices for seating tickets this year have been reduced to levels charged for the 2001 parades.
The Government is aware that there are outstanding issues relating to the protection of intellectual property and the use of such property for private commercial purposes and for profit.
These are issues that must be addressed but they do not impinge upon the right of the media to provide fair coverage of public events