By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee has chastised several media houses, including iNews, alleging that the entities sensationalize stories in order to make a profit and are “deeply prejudiced.”
At his end of the year press conference held at the Police Officers’ Training Center, Camp Road, today (Wednesday, December 31) Rohee criticized the Kaieteur News, Stabroek News, Channels 7 [Capitol News] and 9 [Prime News], iNews and Demerara Waves for reporting on the crime situation in a sensational manner.
“The Kaieteur News while pretending to be a friend of the Police Force pays enormous sums for leaks while the Stabroek News is always on the lookout for potential stellar performance awardees but never finding any in the security sector.
“Channels 7 and 9 played a role of parroting what ‘dem boys she’ about the security sector and iNews and Demerara Waves compete and jostle each other in and out of Guyana to paint the gloomiest and crime ridden picture of the situation in our country,” Rohee told a room filled with Senior officers of the Force and diplomats.
He admitted that the crime situation in Guyana should not be hidden, given the fact that the Police Force publishes crime statistics on a monthly basis; however he took umbrage to what he described as “sensationalizing the stories.”
“It is the sensationalizing and frontpaging of these stories 365 days each year and the view that such a practice hurt the operatives in the security sector most; the media houses mentioned earlier consider it their duty to do more or it, more so since it reaps huge profits,” the Home Affairs Minister said.
He accused the specific media houses of being biased.
“The end result of this analysis therefore is that, we have in our country, deeply prejudiced and profit driven media houses, who for their own selfish interest view the security sector as a golden goose who’s droppings must be exploited fully.”