By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A small group of persons on Wednesday, April 29 mounted a protest in front of the National Communications Network (NCN) calling for the state run media entity to offer an equal amount of airtime to the Opposition side of the political aisle.
NCN is the only station that is available via the television or radio throughout the length and breadth of Guyana while other stations have limitation on their spectrum.
Organiser of the protest, Penda Guyan told iNews she believes that the modus operandi of NCN at present goes beyond what should be considered wrong.
“We are demanding of the National Communications Network that equal air time be given to all political parties, right now it seems that there is a monopoly in that they are only giving air time to the PPP/C,” said Guyan adding that “all parties must have airtime.”
According to her, in a democratic society you cannot make an informed decision at the polls if you are unable to acknowledge the issues that are coming from all parties.
“I must hear all the views and issues and what they are planning for Guyana. We want the National Communications Network to understand that they have a mandate to all of Guyana…we want them to work according to their mandate,” she said.
“If we are going to have free and fair elections…we need all the views…the only views they are getting are those of the PPP/C…that’s not fair, it’s a monopoly,” the woman added.