Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who is charged with public information, yesterday met with staff of the Government Information Agency (GINA).
Their visit would come amidst debate over the running of state media outfits like GINA, the National Communications Network and the Guyana Chronicle.
The new administration says it wants political interference to be kept out of the operations.
But the Opposition has been criticizing the appointment of persons and the sacking of others as being political.
According to a GINA statement yesterday, Nagamootoo thanked the staff for the work they have been doing and urged that they continue to provide the public with information on what the Government is doing.
“The Prime Minister called on staff to be cognizant of their role as agents who provide the public with information on the policies and programmes of the Government. He noted that members of the public “have a right and an expectation, to know what their elected officials are doing, and GINA must be the source of that information.”
The Prime Minister, who was instrumental in setting up the Government Information Service, the precursor to the Government Information Agency, recalled the days when the agency was used to promote the ruling political party. He urged staff to be mindful not to fall into such practices.
“He assured staff that their political affiliations would not be used against them and it would not be a cause for them to be ‘fired.’ He further urged all staff to conduct themselves and execute their work in a professional manner at all times.”
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