By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Media Monitoring Unit (MMU) of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has once again come under fire from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as the Party accused the Unit of being biased and attempting to create an air of civil instability in Guyana in the run up to elections.
Since its formation earlier this year, the Unit has released two reports in which it condemned several media houses and applauded others for the reportage on elections.
However, while it had noted some of the instances where statements made by politicians were deemed as “racially divisive” the MMU has made it clear that its remit does not involve the investigation of any person but rather the news reports emanating from local media.
But PPP General Secretary, Clement Rohee told a news conference on Monday, April 27 that the MMU reports are “full of rhetoric and aimed at creating civil unrest in our country at such a sensitive period…such statements aimed at the PPP is tantamount to an attack on our democracy.”
Rohee is adamant that GECOM take full responsibility for the MMU and by doing so, vet all releases to the media before they are released into the public domain.
“The wild and loose attack on Former President Bharrat Jagdeo seems to be opposition driven and draws much comparison to Kaieteur News, iNews and Stabroek News attacks on Jagdeo. The MMU should not be allowed to be used as an Opposition mouthpiece and operate as a law onto itself,” said Rohee.
According to the General Secretary, the PPP seems to be a “bulls eye” for the MMU, as he noted that the Opposition politicians have not been reprimanded by the MMU.
“I don’t recall any specific statements being made by any specific leader of the PPP that one could adduce to contributing to the creation of tensions and hatred in our society…if there has been any of the sort I am sure the media would have picked it up and thought to milk it,” Rohee added.