Sunity Maharaj, director of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies, editor of the T&T Review and former Express editor in chief, said Hosein's dinner showed media practitioners should be guided by the editorial policy of their particular media house.
Saying there was a "grey line" between "normal hospitality" and wanting to bribe people, Maharaj
said there was a question of what was appropriate and inappropriate.
"If you want to have a drink or so...but you don't know if it is being offered as an inducement to butter us up and to get us on our good side and establish a line of contact that makes us unusually friendly to a particular public official," she
"Media houses have to find that fine line between normal courtesies and briberies."
Touching on the prime minister's annual distribution of Christmas hampers to the media after a luncheon at the Diplomatic Centre
said this was an investment in the media.
Saying it was important to set standards, she
said: "The standards have run away with us.
There used to be a period where it was normal and kind of reasonable, but now it is going into a territory of open bribery of the media.
One way to remove temptation from journalists, Maharaj
added, was to offer better salaries and working conditions.
Urging more discussion on the accepting of gifts by the media, she
said this was an important issue to be ventilated and discussed.