PRESS RELEASE People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana Monday, October 22, 2007



The People’s National Congress Reform wishes to comment on the letter written by the well known PPP/C propagandist John Da Silva which appeared in the October 22nd issue of the Kaieteur News under the caption “What would the Stabroek News have been able to do under the PNC regime?”

Mr. Da Silva seems bent on concealing the true nature of the Jagdeo regime by raising the very impertinent question “What would the Stabroek News have been able to do under the PNC regime?”

It is important to point out that the Stabroek News not only emerged under the PNC Government and was openly critical of the PNC and then President Desmond Hoyte, but was not harassed in any fashion by the PNC Government.

The PNC having practiced socialist policies, reassessed the national and international situation, and changed its ideological position and committed itself to the development of a democratic state based on the doctrines of the rule of law, the separation of powers, independence of the Judiciary and the existence of a free press.

The PPP/C had the glorious opportunity to continue the reforms initiated by the PNC and Mr. Hoyte. Unfortunately, the Jagdeo PPP/C regime seems to be still committed to Marxism-Leninism and has in essence, at the political level, overturned the Hoyte reforms and is leading Guyana down the road of dictatorship.

It must be recalled that the PNC in 1992 had placed on the agenda, the further privatization of state owned institutions, the ending of the state monopoly on radio and the further liberalization of the Guyana economy. Unfortunately, the PPP has not only maintained the monopoly on radio, but it has blocked the access that the opposition had in 1992 to the state media and has now made the state media an instrument of PPP/C propaganda. It is in this context the PNCR’s call for “the public to boycott and stop buying the Chronicle” must be analysed. The Chronicle had become since then, and is now, an unapologetic mouth piece of the PPP/C that had to be boycotted as it no longer serves the national interest. The fact that the majority of the Guyanese people, including supporters of the PPP/C, heeded the PNCR’s call for boycott is sufficient reason for the Jagdeo regime to take note and end the misuse of the state media (taxpayer’s money) to conduct propaganda on behalf of the PPP/C.

It should be clear to all right thinking Guyanese that the issue is not what would have occurred under the PNC. The issue is that under the Jagdeo PPP/C regime press freedom is under threat. The PPP/C Jagdeo regime needs to end its harassment of the Stabroek News, TV stations such as Channels 6, 9 and 28 and the cable operators and end the state monopoly of radio, ensure all shades of the country’s opinion are reflected in official programming and for there to be access to the state media by the opposition forces based on objective criteria.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana
Monday, October 22, 2007