It has been more than four months into the new year and the media fraternity in Guyana is without valid media accreditation.
To this end the Guyana Press Association via a press release said that it raised several concerns with the Department of Public Information’s director, Mr. Imran Khan on January 30th, 2018. One of those concern was in relation to media passes for journalists. The GPA noted that Mr. Khan pointed out that DPI was not “comfortable” with the issuance of media passes.
“To this end, the GPA said that it has always believed that the body should issue media passes to bona fide members of the media and submitted a legal Agreement for the “Accreditation of media Workers” on February 11th, 2018 to guide the process,” the GPA noted.
However, the media representatives noted that there was no formal acknowledgement of porposals made to the director on the matter. “We were told that the agreement was with then Acting Prime Minister, Vice President Carl Greenidge and then at one time the agreement is with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo,” the GPA said.
The body also noted that another written inquiry sent on April 16th, 2018 about the status of this agreement has gone unanswered.
“It is now May, 2018 and our members and colleagues are without legitimate media passes for the year,” GPA said.