The Guyana Press Association (GPA), moments after a press conference hosted by the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)/Alliance For Change (AFC) Government, called out the administration for ‘condoning’ disrespect meted out to its (GPA) members.
At a press conference hosted by leading members of the Coalition partners at Congress Place, Sophia, a number of supporters of the APNU/AFC who were also present at the event, made fun of questions being asked by reporters.
This behaviour was somewhat condoned by the leaders who refused to intervene to stop the Coalition supporters from heckling media workers. Members of the media were boldly asked by the supporters there “what stupid questions are you asking” and in some cases were even asked if those were questions, while the Coalition leaders sat quietly.
The GPA in a statement said, “We can only assume that this behaviour is a feature endorsed by the Party and its leaders since it happened during today’s event with PNC Chairperson Volda Lawrence and senior APNU members”.
“The GPA would like to remind all political parties that media workers have the right to conduct their duties without fear of intimidation and we would not hesitate to call on our workers and media houses to boycott press events if this unacceptable behaviour continues,” the statement added.