Management of Kaieteur News yesterday said it is condemning in the strongest terms the
disrespect shown to its reporters by a Public Relations Consultant who Government has been hiring to defend a number of large-scale Government projects.
Shortly before a scheduled, joint press conference at the National Communications Network (NCN) headquarters yesterday afternoon hosted by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL), the Consultant, Kit Nascimento, started making several disparaging statements to reporters of the newspaper.
He first wanted to know how many reporters were present in the studios from Kaieteur News. After learning that there were five, he suggested that newspaper’s reporters were not capable or competent enough to ask questions singularly, hence the numbers.
Asked by Senior Reporter, Leonard Gildarie, to clarify his statements, Nascimento said that he had already made his remarks.
He was repeatedly asked to explain the remarks. There was silence from GPL’s Chairman, Winston Brassington and GuySuCo’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Raj Singh, during the verbal assault by Nascimento.
It was after Nascimento’s refusal to retract his statements that the reporters of Kaieteur News decided to leave.
Earlier, the PR official, who also moonlights for Brassington on the Marriot Hotel’s project and on the Amaila Falls hydro-electric warned of possible restrictions during the press conference.
Nascimento has been critical of Kaieteur News asking questions, in the past – even restricting them.
Yesterday, Kaieteur News’ Publisher Glenn Lall made it clear that he is fully in support of his staffers or other media employers who, believing that they have been disrespected chose to take action.
“Mr. Nascimento was clearly out of line with his comments and utterly disrespectful to my staffers and for his employers, Mr. Brassington and others, to sit quietly while media workers are being disrespected says a lot. We will not back down or be fearful of our responsibilities to the people of Guyana in asking questions.”
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