Mr David Granger
Leader of the Opposition,
Hadfield Street, Georgetown
March 31, 2015
Allegations leveled against iNews
Dear Mr Granger,
It has been brought to the attention of the management of iNews by a sitting member of Parliament of the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), Mr Odinga Lumumba that a member of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) boasted that the Party [APNU] has control over the content of articles posted by iNews.
The individual in question was identified by Mr Lumumba as Basil Blackman, who allegedly said that there is an existing contract between iNews and APNU, which promises to give the Opposition stories prominence over that of the government.
Mr Lumumba informed iNews that these sentiments were expressed by Mr Blackman while they were on a Caribbean Airlines Flight recently. iNews takes strong objections to these malicious and irresponsible statements made by Mr Blackman, which we believe seek to discredit the reputation of our news agency and its staff.
It is not part of iNews’ policy to enter into agreements with political parties or even companies to provide “positive” coverage of their rallies/events.
As the Leader of the Opposition, I expect you to take the necessary steps in addressing this matter with urgency.