[www.inewsguyana.com] – We wish to express our strong objection to the decision of the Media Monitoring Unit to label a speech of Former President Cde. Bharat Jagdeo at Babu John on the 8th day of March, 2015, as “…racially divisive…” We regard the position adopted by the MMU as unfair and a gross misinterpretation of what was actually said. Was the speech of Cde. Jagdeo reviewed in its entirety, no reasonable mind could have arrived at such an interpretation. Cde. Jagdeo was simply reciting what was actually being peddled by other political parties and indeed, proceeded to condemn those statements and that type of political mobilization in strong terms. Indeed, he was condemning racism. He said, “Anybody from our party who uses that sort of language, we will kick them out. This is our approach”.
Are we to assume that you are encouraging political parties to use racism as part of their political campaign and strategy? We in the PPP have always and will continue to condemn racism whenever it rears its ugly head. That is precisely what Cde. Jagdeo did. It is mindboggling how you can interpret that to be “racially divisive”. It is the complete opposite.
We note your conspicuous omission to express a viewon Kaieteur News’s very skewed and malicious twist of what Cde. Jagdeo said in an article a day after the event under the screaming headline, “PPP is a coolie people party- Jagdeo”.We also recognise that you failed to even respond,more so, express a view on our complaints to you in relation to statements uttered by Mr.Ramayya from the APNU/AFC on television in Berbice. We note also that you have refused to comment on a complaint which we have lodged with the Commissioner of Police in relation to the Kaieteur News story. These omissionscoupled with your misinterpretation of what was actually said byCde. Jagdeo force us to question not only your objectivity but also your organisation’s professionalism and perhaps political bias.
In the circumstances, we request a review of your decision at the earliest possible timeand a retraction of what you published in relation thereto.
Peoples’ Progressive Party