The tragic accident that took the lives of former Commissioner of Police Henry
Greene and a little girl is one more episode serving as a weapon by the opposition cabal against the government, bringing up contentious issues that were vented ad nauseum by the opposition media corps while the former Top Cop was alive and serving the nation; of course, as is their wont, without foundation or premised on any truthful or accurate analyses.
The fact is that the normally careful driver suddenly began swerving erratically on the road, as attested to by witnesses, was not due to drunkenness or carelessness. The man probably was having a heart attack, which may have killed him;thus the impairment to his ability to control his vehicle; but the opposition media cabal, with their usual vituperative vendetta, ascribed the basest reasons for Greene’s sudden inability to control his vehicle. The post mortem will reveal the cause of his death.
Their vindictiveness indirectly contributed to the death of the man’s mother; because stress is a killer; and most probably to his heart problems, yet even after the man’s death they would not relinquish their poisonous diatribe; as they are not prepared to do with regard to former President Jagdeo, of and about whom they continually find grounds for their endless vituperation.
During observances to commemorate the death anniversary of the Father of the Guyanese Nation, Dr. Cheddi Jagan, at the Babu Jaan Cemetery on Sunday March 1, then Guyana’s Head-of-State, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, and General-Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party and incumbent President, Donald Ramotar, spoke of the role some sections of the Guyanese media are today attempting to play as king makers or in this instance president-makers, in efforts to chart a new course in this nation’s political demographics, with no pretence to seeking facts or clarifying issues to attain some degree of objectivity in their news reports.
Addressing the large gathering paying homage to a man who epitomised truth, sincerity and uncompromising adherence to integrity, the leaders denounced the propensity for gutter journalism that has become a norm in Guyana’s media world and adjured media practitioners to become more professional in their approach to execute their duties, because those duties are mandatory and above self-serving agendas and prejudices if the credibility of both the reporter and the media house he/she is representing is not to be compromised.
Lo and behold, only three days after they were called upon to strive for greater professionalism, there appeared on Page 13 of the Kaieteur News an article vilifying the Rice Producers Association(RPA) and its General-Secretary, Dharamkumar Seeraj, ascribing to the RPA General-Secretary remarks that he could not possibly have made, because he was not present at that meeting that had been at focus, had not been asked by the media house for a clarification on his position on the issue, yet he was quoted verbatim as having made the remarks reported in the Kaieteur News.
This lack of professionalism in some sections of the media corps, and the lack of a sense of responsibility on the part of some media houses to report the news accurately and not to serve the vested interests of interested parties by vilifying public personalities without ensuring that their facts are accurate, if indeed that is their intent, redounds to no one’s benefit and discredits the profession as a whole.
We urge our colleagues in the media fraternity to be objective and fair in their reporting, and the Guyana Press Association(GPA) to be fair in its representation of Guyana’s media fraternity, because it has been noted that the GPA took strong action when Mr. Gordon Moseley of Capitol News was sanctioned by Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo in his capacity of Guyana’s Head-of-State for inaccurate coverage of an event, then for being disrespectful and making disparaging personal remarks in a published statement about Guyana’s President, but was thunderously silent when PNC Chairman of the Region 4 council ejected an NCN reporter from a meeting which he was entitled to attend, for giving no offence whatsoever; and this has been a continuum of the prejudicial position of the GPA.
We would like to say: “Pardon, Sirs and Ladies, your prejudice is showing.”