By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The top brass of several state media organisations have denied that the recently elected APNU+AFC government has asked them to tender their resignation forthwith even as reports continue to circulate.
According to reports in one section of the media, the Head for the Government Information Agency (GINA) Neaz Subhan has resigned and several others are expected to forcefully follow his path including the Chief Executive Officer of NCN Molly Hassan, the Editor in Chief of the Guyana Chronicle Mark Ramotar, and several other high level members of NCN including Senior Editor Edward Layne.
When contacted Subhan confirmed that he has tendered his resignation as of June 03, pointing out that he is required to give his employer 30 days notice hence he will officially leave his post in the new month. It should be noted that Subhan was not asked to resign.
NCN’s CEO was surprised when iNews queried if indeed she was asked to resign.
“Where that came from? I am not aware…I have not had an engagement with the government in terms of my employment with NCN,” said Hassan.
NCN’s Senior Editor Edward Layne expressed similar sentiments indicating that staff of state media has been assured that there will be no witch hunting.
“I don’t know where the journalist got that information from…I have not been asked by anyone in the government to resign. Myself and the other staff have been assured that the government has no intention to witch hunt or mass firing,” said Layne.
Over at the Guyana Chronicle, the sentiments were the same from the CEO Michael Gordon and Editor in Chief, Mark Ramotar.
Ramotar was adamant that “I have never been asked to resign…I don’t know where [they] got that information from,” adding “up to yesterday we had a meeting with Imran Khan and he assured us there would be no witch hunting.”
He said that the media entity that carried the report is attempting to make some amount of mischief out of the matter.
Additionally, Gordon said he has not been told “anything of the sort.” iNews was also reliably informed that Editor in Chief of GINA, Shanta Goberdhan was not asked to resign and is unaware of what the report states.
Meanwhile, Press Liaison Officer for the Ministry of the Presidency Mark Archer when contacted by iNews also denied that the members of state media have been asked to step down from their respective posts.