[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Press Association (GPA) has noted with concern the issues relating to the State media and Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo asserting that it should favour the government’s view.
The Press Association, in a statement on Tuesday, September 01, made it clear that the stance adopted by the government does not augur well for Guyana and the development of the media.
Nagamootoo in discussion with a Guyana Chronicle Journalist, Derwayne Wills had explained that he was “very very very disappointed” with the headline chosen for an article relating to the 2015 Budget debates in the National Assembly.
The article was written by Wills and published in the August 25, 2015 edition of the Guyana Chronicle.
“The GPA regards the Prime Minister’s stated pro-government expectations of the publicly-funded Guyana Chronicle newspaper (and presumably all State-owned media) as a retrograde and intolerable step that betrays the governing Coalition’s campaign and post-election promises not to engage in the same press freedom violations previous administrations were accused of,” the statement noted.
It was also stated that there needs to be a clear distinction between the State and the Government.
“The GPA wishes to suggest that there should be, following extensive consultations, a policy which adumbrates the way the executive should interact with state-owned media that would allow for freedom of the press to be exercised in a meaningful way within these entities.”
The Association is also pushing for a reform of the Broadcasting Act and the adoption of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s editorial guidelines that govern that United Kingdom State-owned and funded broadcaster.
The Body is also urging that journalists never be swayed by opinion, good or bad on their news pieces as long as the information is factual.
“Questions from political leaders regarding your work should be directed to your editors,” the statement noted.