Global Reporters shines ‘Spotlight’ on child sex offences

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Members of the local media fraternity as well as individuals and groups working with children in Jamaica attended a special screening of the film Spotlight at Carib theatre in Kingston on Wednesday evening.

The film is a factual presentation of a group of reporters at the Boston Globe who brought down a number of high-ranking officials in the Catholic Church in 2001. They also took on the system within the church that harboured a culture of cover-up of priests and clergymen who molested children.

The screening was presented by Global Reporters in conjunction with the United States Embassy in Kingston. Also in attendance on Wednesday was Walter Robinson, the editor who led the investigative reporting team.

Zahra Burton, the CEO of Global Reporters, said the aim of the project was to showcase, to local reporters and others, a case study of how the code of silence could be cracked.

Burton said it was especially important to do now, with the wave of sexual offences being committed against children in Jamaica, some of which involved members of the church.