The Youth Coalition for Transformation (YCT) has disassociated itself from a Guyana Times headline, “YCT distances itself from APNU,” saying it as an attempt to confuse the populace and “stir up political quarrel.”
In a press release, the YCT said the “insipid, irresponsible and reckless behaviour by a supposedly, independent news entity should be condemned by all right-thinking Guyanese.” Further, it posits that the paper seems to have a mandate to mischaracterise and misrepresent the group and the young people of the nation.
YCT said is saddened that at a time when the nation’s youth have decided to take a stance and lead the fight for social and political justice, some sections of the media have started to engage in a campaign to deliberately stymie its success. However, the group vowed to remain vigilant and to continue to execute its mandate and to support the principles and policies of APNU, which aims to create national unity.
Additionally, the YCT said it recognises the importance of the media to filter information to the public and believes in the role of the independent media in democracy. “However, we also believe that such media should be fair and responsible and exercise a high degree of independence,” and at this time, it is not sure that it can include the Times in this category as it “clearly does not meet those standards.” The group says it is looking forward to a retraction and apology from the paper.