By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo says he is “very disappointed” over the headline of an article that appeared in the Tuesday, August 25 edition of the Guyana Chronicle.
The article headlined: “Gov’t blunders on Budget Estimates … violates laws assented to by President Granger” made it pass the Editor and onto the front page of the Guyana Chronicle and has been making rounds on social media.
The article’s headline was strange, given the fact that the Chronicle is a government owned entity. While there are reports that some complaints have been made about the article from Government Officials, Nagamootoo denied any hand in any such happenings.
“I have not spoken to the Reporter [Derwayne Wills] about this matter; as I was walking out, the Reporter came up to me and we had a conversation; we had a conversation about journalism…the Reporter said he wanted to talk to me and we went out there but I did not upbraid the Reporter,” said the Prime Minister.
Nagamootoo, who holds responsibility for the state media, indicated too that as far as he is concerned, the matter is a “non-issue” and he does not meddle in the day to day editorial operations of the Guyana Chronicle.
“I believe sometimes some headlines will surprise you; this one did surprise me…I was disappointed, very disappointed; I didn’t think it was an objective headline on the sum total of what transpired in parliament yesterday,” he stated when questioned by reporters.
The Prime Minister suggested that the media speak with the Reporter in question to acquire some clarity on the alleged scolding. Wills later confirmed that he did indeed approach the Prime Minister for an interview which led to a conversation on journalism.
He admitted that the Prime Minister “expressed some concern” about the lead headline in the Chronicle.