The Guyana Press Association (GPA) is alarmed at statements purportedly those of the Attorney General Anil Nandlall contained in a recorded conversation released by Kaieteur News.
The recording, released yesterday, suggests that the Attorney General is aware of a sinister plot against Kaieteur News publisher Glenn Lall. As a result, he advises a senior reporter to leave the organization as soon as possible, because it would be sooner rather than later that men with “weapons” would walk into the newspaper offices, which also house its press.
In the recording, the Attorney General also suggests that because of the newspaper’s reporting on members of his family, he will “war” against Kaieteur News, because he is of the ancient Indian “Chatree” class.
The GPA expressed shock that these reckless, irresponsible and outrageous statements could be made by the sitting Attorney General of Guyana
It is now calling on the Government of Guyana to condemn the AG’s remarks. As an Attorney the AG should know that “the licence to practise law is not a licence to break it”.
The GPA wants the Guyana Police Force to thoroughly investigate the complaints made by Kaieteur News’ Glenn Lall regarding threats to his life, his family and the staff of the Kaieteur News.
The Guyana Press Association said that it is expressing its solidarity with Kaieteur News and all media workers. It is also urging them to remain vigilant.
Journalists in Guyana should be free to practise their profession in an environment free of fear, intimidation and threats, the GPA stated.
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