In recent times, the problems generated by misleading, biased, overly simple, or false information have amplified the potential reach of misinformation and disinformation. Additionally, the use of social media and other technological changes during the COVID-19 pandemic have given rise to new public information challenges which require more expertise and awareness in addressing.
In response, UNICRI and CARICOM IMPACS hosted the “Journalism and Public Information Programme on New Threats during the COVID-19 Pandemic” programme. The programme was held virtually over the period May 6-7, 2021 via ZOOM and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative – Connect (CBSI-Connect) virtual platform. The programme was designed to enhance the capabilities of journalists and public information professionals in the areas of justice, crime prevention and security. It also aimed to promote reliable and responsible public information dissemination given the crucial role played by media in influencing policies and civil society development.
Prisoners in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will now be able to video conference their families and lawyers. Virtual visitation will ensure that the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners is maintained, and the Nelson Mandela Rules are being upheld, while simultaneously taking measures to protect the health and safety of inmates and officers.
CARICOM IMPACS Partnered with UNODC Justice Sector Assistance Package for Prisons and Correctional Services to sensitise regional Heads of Corrections and Prison Services and Directors/Managers of Human Resource Development and Training on the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules). The webinar was extended to mid-level and senior officers who are involved in human resource development, training and oversight in Corrections and Prison Services from across the CARICOM region. Representatives were from thirteen (13) CARICOM Member States and five (5) Associate States.