Guyana’s score declines in 2021 Freedom in the World Report

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  • brandli62  On 04/19/2021 at 10:23 am

    While there is room for improvement, the decline by one point is simply statistical noise. Nothing to be bothered about.

  • Dennis Albert  On 04/19/2021 at 1:33 pm

    Although freedom of the press is generally respected, government officials have filed defamation cases and occasionally made threats against journalists in response to negative coverage. Criminal defamation charges can draw up to two years in prison.

    The opposition has accused the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority, whose board is appointed by the president, of partisan bias in its regulatory and licensing decisions. Concerns over the editorial independence of the state-owned Guyana Chronicle have also been raised in recent years.

    • brandli62  On 04/20/2021 at 4:14 am

      You are absolutely right in your analysis, Dennis. I recall that the final report of the EU election observer commission made similar recommendations. Specifically, they felt Guyana needs independent public radio and TV stations, which are not under the control of the incumbent government. They should over unbiased and neutral reporting for the public. The BBC or CBC could serve as an example.

      • Dennis Albert  On 04/20/2021 at 9:10 pm

        I know that America has a variety of news media, even if they are cringey as Fox news, but Are the BBC and CBC funded in part by the government?

        The British believe that they are forced to pay a TV license tax through government coercion, and the Canadians believe that the current government is buying their way to promote their image using CBC and the media conglomerate.

        Even in Guyana, the moderators of Stabroek News and Kaieteur News are afraid to post negative commentary about certain Canadian politicians. Contributor Yvonne Sam posted a letter criticising Kathleen Wynne, and the media refused to publish it at first I heard.

  • brandli62  On 04/21/2021 at 4:29 am

    Regarding the BBC, its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee which is charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts and iPlayer catch-up. The same is true for public broadcasters in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. In other countries, such as Sweden, funding is provided by the state. In the US, PBS for TV and NPR are partially funded by the federal government, cooperate donors, and by voluntary contributions from listeners. In my opinion, particularly NPR is excellent. It was my best source of information during my time in the US from 1990 to 1994. Actually, I still listen to NPR on a daily basis. Regarding the Guyanese media, I am not an expert as I do not live in the country and I do not follow the TV news outlets. From personal experience, it is not easy to get letters to the editor published, if they address controversial issues. My commentaries on the general elections 2020 were first published here on Guyanese Online, and subsequently were sent to all principal news outlets in Guyana. It was only the Guyana Chronicle, who dared to publish them. GC is now under new management and they would probably decline to publish…

    • Dennis Albert  On 04/22/2021 at 1:56 pm

      The GC these days are pro-PPP.

      One good thing with Guyana is that the “criminal libel” laws during the British Empire are not used here, unlike in Canada and the UK where it is used under the guise of protecting public interest policies.

  • Dennis Albert  On 04/29/2021 at 9:02 pm

    Like Alison Redford from Canada is being protected for robbing third world countries of their resources?

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