[www.inewsguyana.com] – Thousands of citizens have echoed government’s illegality concerns with regards to the telephone conversation between the Attorney General, Anil Nandlall and a Senior Journalist of the Kaieteur News.
As a matter of fact, the majority of respondents to an iNews poll have said that the illegality of the recording is a bigger issue for them rather than the nature and content of the profanity laced and threatening conversation.
Participants were asked: “Do you think that the nature and content of AG Nandlall’s conversation with a Kaieteur News reporter supersedes the issue of legality/illegality of the recording?” to which 52% voted ‘no’ and 47% voted yes.
A total of 5674 persons voted on the poll which ran for one week. Some 2701 persons voted yes, 2973 voted no and a mere 13 persons were undecided.
Immediately after the conversation went public, the government defended its AG saying he was illegally recorded and that the recording with distorted and manipulated.
No government official has directly commented on the contents of what was said, which has widely been regarded as unethical and a threat to press freedom.
Nandlall after admitting that it was him on the recording has since issued a statement; saying it was a betrayal of a private conversation that was not made for public ears.
He apologized for some of the comments made and claimed that he has no knowledge of any planned attack on the Kaieteur News or any of its journalists.
The Attorney General could be heard warning the Journalist, whom he said is an old friend, to leave the organization in the face of looming violent attacks.
Several of Nandlall’s political and legal colleagues along with individual citizens and civil organizations have called for his resignation.