Jagdeo’s call for supporters to boycott some media houses is “dangerous, instructive” – GPA

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President of the Guyana Press Association (GPA), Neil Marks
President of the Guyana Press Association (GPA), Neil Marks

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Press Association (GPA) says it has noted with “concern” a recent call by Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo for supporters of the opposition People’s Progressive Party to refrain from buying newspapers which do not support the views of the party.

“Please ensure that our people don’t buy newspapers where the sole purpose of the newspaper is to destroy your party,” Mr Jagdeo said at an event on October 5, 2015.

A statement issued by the GPA on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 described Jagdeo’s statement as “dangerous and instructive.”

According to the statement, “Dangerous, because it highlights the fact that Mr Jagdeo is bent on stifling the growth and operations of the media, something which he brazenly practiced as President when he withdrew state advertisements from the Stabroek News. Instructive, because Mr Jagdeo’s missive demonstrates that he understands the powerful role of the free press.”

The GPA noted that Jagdeo’s statement is “designed to stifle the revenue base of the privately-owned media and frustrates their efforts to provide the populace with news and information.”

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo

“The Guyana Press Association condemns Mr Jagdeo’s statement and that of any other politician or official who attempts to thwart the work of the free press. The media in Guyana continues to be the watchdog of our democratic processes and the Guyana Press Association rallies around a free and independent press.”

According to the media body, the Executive of the Guyana Press Association urges all media workers to continue to seek truth and report it fearlessly.

22 COMMENTS

  1. MAXIPAD shut the F*** up. You don’t make sense. You are so ignorant it’s beyond salvaging. I do not have to justify Jagdeo contributions to our country as it speaks for itself. Now go blow your hot air where it belongs.

  2. Kaieture news paper is the most bias in Guyana as such thousands have already stop purchasing and reading the same.Too many many lies.

  3. Wishing donkey you so right, your idol is the reason so many like you and Barrat in the news all over the world, not for doing great things and making us proud, DRUGS,FRAUD,And you know the rest, stop wishing and live reality,

  4. Kaiteur News write only TRASH and their sales drop by 20% in 4 mths!!! Chonicle is suddenly PNC+AFC a 180 deg switch.

  5. I think blatantly ignoring the ills of the previous administration is an ill on to its self.I ask you to present one (1) appointment that the current admin has made that this wholly or in part not suited for or not qualified for said position. The previous Admin did a lot of sharing out to friends and family for high paying jobs… and I can list examples… Ill start with Carol sooba, Rashid Mohamed, Rima rohee (the racist) and we can go on.

  6. Denny’s McKenzie it is time you stop calling Jagdeo racist. Our ex-president has put Guyana back on the map. Under his leadership our nation progressed tremendously.

  7. I never met Prez Granger but I have the feeling he does not have the word “arrogant” in his vocabulary and will try do what’s best for Guyana and not focus on his ministers and buddies having more Pradavilles. I have been a PPP supporter all my life and I think their priority should be on their own house-cleaning rather than simply trying to distract people by barking at everything the government is trying to do. For starters, Jagdeo should move out, take a page from Stephen Harrper, Canadian PM, most people had enough of him and he just couldn’t or didn’t want to see it that way. With Jagdeo out, the government and the people in general will have more respect for the opposition and thus all Guyana will be better off.

  8. Vijay,when you start to make your comments intelligently,then I shall respond to you.You must look-over your comments after you type them.

  9. How is it,that Jagdeo is calling on this new government to pay workers more,and in the same breath call on his supporters to boycott some Media Houses?Isn`t this speaking from both sides of his mouth?suppose they heed his advice,many workers may be on the bread-line eventually.The racist he is,all the time his attitude is one of division.IT IS TIME,this hypocrite be told to SHUT UP.

  10. where are you from not from this world .did you see when dr bharat jagdeo went to a meeting with some of world leaders to discuss about climate change and he is champion of the world and you see anybody else get that award that he got come on .in 1987-88-89 when you had to line up to get 2 pint of kerosene from 4 in the morning then big boys with their badge from P.N.C come with their 5 gallon bottle in front of you full up and gone what ever left that’s what you get 2 pint that’s it come back when we get that what happened at the guyoil because the was only one have kerosene asked older person who know that time wake from your long sleep rise and look around you if anyone look like you

  11. bharrat jagdeo is more dangerous to the peace, security and stability of guyana and the time is fast approaching when he will be held responsible for the phantom squad and for the 450 extra-judicial killings of afro-guyanese. what bharrat jagdeo is doing will tip over and he will end-up even more quickly in one of those steel cages that is reserved for him at the international criminal court in the hague.

  12. When Mahatma Gandhi say to the Indian people to stop buy thing from the English people them i did not see he create any problem in India he just created a strong society.

  13. Mr. Marks it is not secret that most of the media are bias .To date apna/ afc appoint about 50 of their friends and family to high paid job, ONLY 1 is indo guyanese and that is Rameya who incidently is a afc activist and you guys are silent. Had the PPP done the same thing , you guys would have blast them for ethnic Inbalance.

  14. jAGDEO IS AN EVIL,BITTER AND POISONEOUS VENOM.HE KEPT DIVIDING GUYANA ALONG RACIAL LINE AND AM WONDERING IF HE CAN DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES.HE IS DELLUSIONAL AND CANTANKERIOUS AND DO NEEDS HELP.THE FACT IS HE CANNOT YET COME TO GRIP WITH THEIR DEFEAT AT THE LAST ELECTION AND HE WILL EVENTUALLY GO CRAZY,THAT SON OF A VAGABON.HE NEEDS DELIVERANCE AND PRAYER BECAUSE HE IS SATAN.LONG LIVE THE COLATION.

  15. Freedom of press is to speak truth. Media should be unbiased and work with dignity. When we don’t have such things, such call by the leaders is acceptable.
    Sensational news and one sided journalism will face risk of a section of the mass rejecting that particular media and further divide the society in large.

  16. Of course he sure is a dangerous man, A person who destroyed his country steals, and did all the terrible things, there is no other word to describe this thing but EVIL.

  17. Jagdeo is setting a dangerous precedent. I have said this before and I am saying it again “Jagdeo is a dangerous man”

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