“…another example of the extent to which the present Administration would go to stifle the constitutional right of Guyanese to freedom of expression”
Africo Selman, of the People’s National Congress Reform, yesterday, during the party’s weekly press briefing, voiced her party’s condemnation of the attack on Kaieteur News columnist and University lecturer Freddie Kissoon.
Selman, who is also a Member of Parliament, told media operatives that the bizarre attack on Kissoon is a vulgar act, one of total lunacy that should be condemned by all right-thinking Guyanese.
“The material, which was thrown in his face, is reflective of the fact that Guyana has descended into the pit; in essence, it is the lowest form of indignity and another example of the extent to which the present Administration would go to stifle the constitutional right of Guyanese to freedom of expression.”
Selman stressed that it is no secret that Kissoon has earned the ire of the People’s Progressive Party Civic, especially President Bharrat Jagdeo. This ire, she said, stems from Kissoon’s daily exposure of the atrocities committed by the regime on the people of Guyana.
“Their propaganda responses have not silenced the voice of Kissoon or frightened him to stop using his pen,” according to Selman who added that the attack on him clearly suggests that measures that are more desperate have been applied.
“If there was any doubt, the immediate propaganda spin of the state media, NCN, has confirmed that there was a sinister plan, not only to attack Kissoon physically, but also to damage his character, a recent trend as evidenced in the trumped up allegations against Peter Ramsaroop.”
She said that within minutes of the attack, NCN was not only able to report the incident, but also had an informant who knew the motives for it.
“By the next day, NCN was allegedly able to find another person to corroborate their story that Kissoon’s sexual advances to a student motivated the attack.”
The MP posited that with such vast investigative capacity, Guyanese must question why the Network was unable to find any informant on the assassination of the late PPP/C Minister, Sash Sawh, or political activist and journalist, Ronald Waddell.
“More surprising is their failure, over the years of the phantom death squad murderous reign, to provide a single report from their mysterious investigative competence…Yet, within hours of the allegations against another political activist, Ramsaroop, the NCN and Guyana Chronicle were able to publish sordid libelous materials that were clearly intended at character assassination, as in the case of Kissoon, rather than to assist the police in finding the perpetrator.”
Selma suggested that Guyanese are not fooled and will hold the Jagdeo regime accountable for all these atrocities committed on the people of Guyana.
“The Guyanese proverb, ‘every long rope has an end, will soon have a real meaning which the PPP/C will immediately learn upon their demise.’”
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