[www.inewsguyana.com] – Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall has reiterated his call for local journalists to partner with the government towards building a better nation.
The AG was quoted in a Government Information Agency (GINA) bulletin as saying, “In my view there is no greater freedom to the human being than freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and freedom of thought.”
He said over the last 22 years, there has been the proliferation of “over 20 privately owned television outfits operating in the country, two newspapers operating, established under this government, you see over eight or more radio stations operating in the radio spectrum.”
The AG added that with the establishment of all these and more media outlets, a lot of the content coming from these entities is not government friendly, but yet they are allowed to operate without any hassle.
“They are not supposed to be friendly, but the point is that they are operating under a free environment where they are free to disagree with the government, they are free to criticise the government and not one of them I have heard come forward to make an allegation that any member of the government ever attempted to intimidate them or to impose upon them a view or to express any form of censorship on them.”
AG Nandlall added that it is his strong belief that Guyana has overall acceptable standards in terms of freedom of the press and freedom of expression.
The AG added that in his view, a journalist when covering a story should do so objectively.
“If he wants to write a commentary or a column that’s a different matter, but when you are covering an event I think the ethical requirements are that you give an objective, dispassionate description of that event… you know press freedom is a great power and with power comes responsibility. The press can destroy government, they can destroy characters’ of people and communities and that’s why they are referred to as fourth estate in recognition of that power.”
[Extracted and Modified from GINA]