[www.inewsguyana.com] – In a shocking admission, Publisher of the local daily – Kaieteur News –Glenn Lall has admitted that every conversation on all phones he has given to his employees are taped.
He made this admission a day after a recording between one of his senior Reporters – Leonard Gildarie and Attorney General Anil Nandlall went public; the contents of which Lall has interpreted to contain deadly threat from Nandlall againt him and his staff.
In a recorded telephone interview, Lall told iNews that it is untrue that the recording was done unknowingly to both participants.
“That’s not true… that’s not true,” Lall said in response to the claim.
He clarified that the phone of neither the AG nor the Reporter was tapped and that the conversation was recorded knowingly to the reporter.
“If you listen to the tape it speaks for itself… the man [Reporter] told him [Attorney General] this is being taped and he said Glenn Lall can’t do that,” Lall explained.
He reiterated that “the Reporter told him that it was being recorded, the reporter also told him that it was a smart phone.”
When asked if the recording was handed over to him voluntarily by the reporter, who has since been suspended, Lall said: “You putting me in a tight spot and I don’t want to comment on that issue.”
He said too “you ought to know as a Journalist and in today’s world that we have equipment that is capable of recording every phone call, every phone call that comes into the phones of journalists are being taped.”
iNews understands however that the phone which was used by the Reporter to receive the call from the Attorney General was not one of the phones distributed by Lall to his staff.
When contacted by iNews, the Reporter refused to offer any comments but would only say that “He [Lall] is making all the statements; I am not making any comments.”
From all indications and according to information reaching iNews, the recording was done by the Reporter. The question of how it made its way into the hands of the Publisher remains unanswered.
Multiple sources close to both the Reporter and Lall confirmed that the senior journalist is accused of snitching to the Attorney General confidential information from investigations that the newspaper would have obtained against the government.
The government in Nandlall’s defence has said that the national newspaper is guilty of a despicable act by distorting and manipulating a private conversation of the Minister, “whose conversation was illegally recorded, and distorted, and broadcast.”
“These vicious enemies of the Government of Guyana so distorted an illegal recording of the conversation. It is shocking to witness such disgusting behaviour, obviously aiming to manipulate public opinion,” the statement added.