BARJAM statement on killing of photojournalist
The following is a statement from BARJAM on the killing of Nation photojournalist Christoff Griffith.
Griffith, 25, was responding to a report of a body in Bishop’s Court, St Michael when he was attacked and killed.
Police reported the other body to be that of Glenroy James, of Grazettes, St Michael, who was contracted by the Anglican Diocese to carry out excavation work in the area.
“It is with deep sadness that the executive of the Barbados Association of Journalists & Media Workers (BARJAM) joins with media workers around the island in mourning the loss of one of our own.
“The media fraternity has lost one of its brightest young sparks in Christoff Griffithm who was killed in the line of duty. We wish to take this opportunity to express condolences to his family.
“There will be time to reflect on how this tragedy will impact the way how things are done in the media going forward, but at this time we believe it is more important to remember Christoff as an asset, not just to the Nation Publishing Company, where he worked, but to the profession as a whole.
“We are saddened that his life and career has been cut short, for a young man who was always willing to listen and to learn more about his chosen craft.
We specifically extend condolences to his colleagues at the Nation and the wider One Caribbean Media.
“BARJAM is also hopeful that the Royal Barbados Police Force will be able to swiftly bring to justice the person responsible for his death.
“This has hit all of us in the media especially hard, particularly at a time when journalists are on the frontline trying to keep the members of the public informed during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.” (PR)