The People’s National Congress Reform is saddened by the death of Mr. David DeCaires, the Editor-in-Chief of the Stabroek News. The Party wishes to convey its sincere condolences to his wife, Doreen, his children, Isabelle and Brandon, and other members of his immediate family.

The PNCR wishes to reinforce the sentiments already expressed by the Leader of the Party, Mr. Robert Corbin, MP that Mr. DeCaires was a pioneer in the expansion of the private media in the country and made a significant contribution to the legal and journalistic professions. The Party notes here that Mr. DeCaires capitalized on the intention of the Desmond Hoyte Administration to expand the private media by launching the Stabroek news in 1986.

In particular, Mr. DeCaires will be remembered for his fierce commitment to press freedom and his robust stance when the PPP/C Administration withdrew advertising from his newspaper. He fought vigourously both locally and internationally until it was restored. David DeCaires was a champion of press freedom not only for Guyana and the Caribbean but for the world.

A well read man of broad culture, David DeCaires excelled in the legal profession, but realised, as time went by, that his greater interest lay in the profession of journalism. He had earlier been the Editor of the New World Weekly magazine and was a member of that group of men who sought to offer solutions to the deep seated problems of Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean. Indeed, he was optimistic that despite the seeming intractability of our problems, Guyana could overcome them and create a cohesive and harmonious society. It is well documented that as the Editor-in-Chief of the Stabroek News, he was a compassionate boss who was interested in the development of his reporters. In addition, he maintained a deep interest in the great events of our time and exhibited a lifelong love of all sports.

The PNCR expresses the hope that God will grant the DeCaires family the fortitude and strength to take them through this difficult moment in their lives.

May his soul rest in peace.

People’s national Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Tuesday, November 4, 2008