[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader David Granger has given the local media fraternity a pat on the back; saying he is, to a large extent, satisfied with the support he has received and the professionalism demonstrated in 2014.
He complimented the media for the “high quality” of reporting while pointing out that there were some disagreements, “but it is the nature of the press to interpret the news and report it in different ways.”
He charged Journalist to “separate yourselves from quacks… who try to come into your profession and lower the standards,” at his yearend press conference on Friday, December 19.
He also urged new entrants to adhere to the nobel and honorable tenets of the profession and reminded that journalism, like other professions, is bounded by norms.
“It is not a place for quacks… People should take the profession seriously,” he said.
The Opposition Leader reminded that journalism entails ensuring public responsibility which calls for truthfulness, an absence of bias and an investigative approach. “Not simply parroting the instructions of a superior or a particular agency.”
Granger said too that the profession also requires a high degree of training and experience, “I urge all Journalists, regardless of how senior, to continue to seek training.”
He added that the occupation also requires sense of professional solidarity.
“We have had a very challenging 2014… it was a year of change We started the year with great hope but we are ending the year disappointed because the PPP has not delivered a better life for us.”
He expressed hopes that as the country go to the polls in 2015 that the same high standards of reporting would be demonstrated.
He cautioned against reporting on the filth that political parties spew during elections period.