Public policy group to focus on media freedom

The local media suffers great restraints and this current situation must be changed, Guyana National Council on Public Policy (GNCPP) chairman Philip Mozart Thomas declared on Friday, while saying that the organisation would be placing focus on the issue.

During a media briefing at the organisation’s headquarters on High Street, Thomas noted the importance of freedom of speech in a democratic society. “Essen-tial to the bulwark of our democracy – as a people, as a civil society – is our freedom of speech,” he said. “We the people – civil society – found that we could not have free and fair elections with the … present dispensation of the castration of the media,” he added.

“It is important for us as a people to be addressed. We don’t want any bullying, we don’t want anyone talking at each other… talk to us as a people. We raised the issue that we no longer want the fear mongering,” he said. He continued, “If the media is constricted – have to take sides to exist – it is not good for a democracy… you must be …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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