Apr 09, 2011 News Comments Off on Suriname radio station sends home Guyanese journalist
– says he can’t speak Dutch
Suriname (Dutch Star Neiuws)- Guyanese-born journalist, Perry Woolford, is contemplating legal action after a radio station said they no longer need his service because he could not speak Dutch.
According to news reports, Woolford has been working at the Radio Broadcasting Foundation Suriname (SRS) since March 1, 2007. He was the first CARICOM national media personnel in Suriname to work using the ‘free-skilled movement system within the region. He is in possession of the free-skilled ‘certificate which is issued by the Ministry of Labour Technological Development and Environment (ATM).
According to news reports, Gerolf Vliet, a senior official of the Supervisory Board of the broadcasting company, said that the organization has no room for an English journalist.
“We have not fired him but his contract is not being renewed.”
The news report yesterday quoted Vliet as saying that Woolford will be placed in another job.
However, the journalist claimed that there is more to the story than is being disclosed. Further, he was not informed that there are moves to find him a job.
“I rather think this is favouritism or discrimination.”
At that Suriname radio station, Woolford was in charge of the English-language programmes including “Capital News,” Nightline and “Knowing CARICOM”. OAS Representative, Dwight Bramble, was one of the regulars in this programme.
“If I offer my services in Guyana, they first ask me how well I speak English?” Vliet said.
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