[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.”
“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.