PNP's Dexroy Martin apologises for 'disrespectful' comments to journalist

Dexroy Martin, Deputy General Secretary of the People's National Party (PNP), has apologised for his comments to a media worker at the party's headquarters on Monday. 
In a release on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Martin said his comment about the colour of the journalist's clothing was "completely unacceptable and disrespectful". 
The female member of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group was chastised by Mr. Martin for wearing green pants to cover an assignment at the PNP's headquarters. Attempts were also made to prevent the journalist and other media workers from carrying out their duties.
The deputy general secretary sought to explain that the incident occurred as media personnel were entering a private meeting room of the party. He said he informed the journalists that "only the General Secretary was able to speak on the matter and asked them to withdraw from the private meeting space". 
He then commented on the colour of female journalist's clothing.  
Mr. Martin said he takes full responsibility for the comment, which he admitted "did not reflect the position of the PNP".  
He also apologised to PNP President Mark Golding and the rest of the party for "any negative attention or distraction that my actions have caused". 
Mr. Martin said he has taken steps to meet with the offended party, as he committed to ensuring such behaviour is not repeated. 
With regards to a threat of sexual assault on the same journalist, the PNP official said he did not hear the comment as it was made but denounces the "offensive and reprehensible" statement.
Mr. Martin said he will cooperate fully to investigate and have that matter resolved to the satisfaction of the journalist.
The PNP deputy general secretary noted the importance of "upholding the highest standards of professionalism and respect in all interactions", and acknowledged that he "fell short of those standards in this instance".

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