Kaieteur News reporter Gary Eleazar was refused entry again and this newspaper’s Editor-in-Chief Adam Harris was evicted from the Credentials Room at Office of the President because he refused to be in possession of a GINA pass.
Press Information Liaison Officer for the President, Kwame McCoy, later reiterated to the security officials that there is to be no exception and that no one must be allowed to enter without a GINA pass/accreditation.
The event yesterday was a joint press conference featuring President Bharrat Jagdeo and visiting Surinamese premier Desi Bouterse.
GINA officials confirmed that they prepared no accreditation or special passes for the visiting Surinamese reporters that travelled with Bouterse and were allowed access to the media briefing.
President of the Guyana Press Association, Gordon Moseley, yesterday expressed his disappointment at the actions of Office of the President saying that in the absence of a GINA media pass, ID documents such as the BBC or GPA press passes that were presented should be allowed.
He said that the issue has not been resolved for a lack of trying on the part of the GPA, given that scheduled meetings with the Press Unit of Office of the President have been cancelled by members of that entity, including Information Liaison Officer for the President Kwame Mc Coy.
The issue was raised some time ago with Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, in seeking to address the issue yesterday said that they will not surrender accreditation to any firm or entity other than GINA.
He told the media operatives that did manage to gain entry that he suspects it prevails everywhere, in that the state identifies and certifies the media practitioner who would be accredited to gain access to the state institutions, organs and offices.
He did state that this position is not cast in stone or has not been addressed in depth.
At that time Kaieteur News’ Editor-in-Chief, Harris had emphasised that the Government can never legitimise who a reporter is. Harris said that this is the job of the media organisation and representative, which is the Guyana Press Association.
He had said that Mc Coy is determined that GINA must be the sole agency to accredit journalists and described the position as “ridiculous and insane”.
The KN Editor-in-Chief has instructed his reporters to refuse media passes issued by GINA.
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