President David Granger has made it clear that the state-run information agency has a responsibility to cover all branches of Government, even the elected Opposition while in Parliament. The Head of State was at the time responding to questions on his weekly televised Public Interest Program, where he raps with local journalists.
The President on Friday said the Government Information Agency (GINA), has every right to cover the affairs of the political Opposition in the National Assembly, putting to rest conflicting claims made by his Director of Public Information, Imran Khan last week on his Facebook page.
“As far as I am concerned the Government Information Services, the Government News Agency must cover all three branches of government, Legislative, Executive and Judicial. The people of Guyana have to be better informed, and you cannot inform the people by depriving them of information.
“The people need to know and that is my policy. I’ve announced that policy while I was in opposition and I maintain that policy now that I’m in government”.
The Director of Public Information has come under fire for his recent remarks, which indicated that GINA was only required to cover the affairs of the sitting Government. He was at the time responding to criticisms that the National Communications Network (NCN) and GINA, were only highlighting news by the Government.
The A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance for Change (AFC), while in opposition, had been very vocal against what they said were discriminatory practices by the then operations of the GINA and the NCN. Their cry was against not being able to have equal access to the State agencies.