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AL JAZEERA JUMPS IN – by Dave Martins

Dave Martins

Dave Martins

AL JAZEERA JUMPS IN – by Dave Martins

Coincidences can be an intriguing part of life. For the past two weeks, for example, I had been in a back-and-forth with a publisher, Desmond Roberts, of the Guyana Diaspora Times magazine, produced electronically in New York. He had asked me to consider doing a story about the origins of the song “Not A Blade O’ Grass” that I wrote some 40 years ago and on the history of it since. I have written about this before, in this newspaper and elsewhere, and felt I had covered the subject. I thought the case was closed.

And then, a few days ago, I picked up the phone at home one day, and out of the blue, Dennis Chabrol, of Demerara Waves, another publisher, was on the line telling me that Al Jazeera was coming to Guyana and wanted to interview me. The trigger, of course, was the Venezuela/Guyana border controversy, again in the news. Doing research on the story prior to coming here to cover it, Virginia Lopez, who represents Al Jazeera in Venezuela, had run into the “Not A Blade O’ Grass” story and wanted to include it.  Continue reading

Guyana: US Ambassador chides Gov’t for Media Censorship

Media houses radio licences…Unthinkable applications ignored for decades – US Ambassador

MAY 4, 2014 | BY  By Latoya Giles 
US Ambassador D. Brent Hardt

US Ambassador D. Brent Hardt

United States Ambassador, D. Brent Hardt has chided the Government of Guyana over what he calls the “censorship of the media”. The ambassador at a reception on Friday evening to celebrate World Press Freedom Day criticized how Government has failed to properly address several pressing media problems.

“Two years later it’s certainly disappointing that radio in Guyana still falls short of offering an open public square for debate and discussion” Hardt told invitees.According to Ambassador Hardt, back in 2012 he had expressed his surprise at knowing that Guyana alone had complete state monopoly of the radio. He said that in other countries with their ubiquitous “call in shows” was a vital public forum, but in Guyana there is no such counterpart.  Continue reading

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