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Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017. 6:24 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: In light of the assault by police officers on female Journalist and editor of KREM news, Marisol Amaya, many have expressed outrage by the actions of the police including the special envoy for women and children in Belize, Kim Simplis Barrow.

Barrow issued a statement today where she explains that “frightening images were seen on national television of the unacceptable treatment of a female journalist by law enforcement officers.”

In her release, Barrow says that sadly this is not the first time that Amaya in her capacity as a journalist has been disrespected in plain view on national television.

According to Barrow, she embraces the concept of a free press and stated that the rights of journalists are enshrined in the Belize constitution and as such should not be “subjected to inhumane treatment by anyone, least of all, law enforcement officers!”

Barrow says that she joins the wider society in condemning the assault made on Amaya by police officers.

“ This reduced the image of our country and contravenes all efforts being made by many agencies to end violence against our women,” the release states.

Barrow says that she will meet with the press corps and policy makers within the police department to establish guidelines that will restore good working relations between them.

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