Media buffed over 360 degree camera 'non-story'
The Office of the Parliament has expressed its disappointment in what it says is a level of irresponsibility displayed in seeking to make a story where absolutely no story exists, regarding the use of a 360 degree camera ahead of a meeting on Tuesday afternoon between Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The photo of the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader shaking hands ahead of the meeting was shared on the Parliament’s Facebook page Tuesday evening.
In a statement, the Office of the Parliament maintains that no cameras were in the room during the meeting, pointing out that the 360 degree camera captured everyone who was in the room prior to the start of the meeting.
The 360 degree camera and all other cameras were removed from the meeting room before discussions began, it added.
The Office of the Parliament stated that photographers were allowed into the meeting room to cover the greeting between the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader.
It explained that the Parliament had the use of two cameras in the room, one conventional and one 360 degree camera located just in front of the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader to photograph the entire room, and other cameras would have photographed the 360 degree camera due to its location, which resulted in some questioning what it was, and if it was in the room during the meeting.
The Office of the Parliament stated that any news story inferring that a camera was in the room during the meeting is extremely erroneous if not mischievous.