The Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) says it is standing in solidarity with Guyanese journalists covering the recent national elections in Guyana—and its aftermath.
In recent days, there have been several threats of violence against journalists reporting on the elections developments.
The Guyana Press Association (GPA) has called for an end to threats against media workers.
The full text of the TTPBA’s statement on the matter, follows…
The Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) acknowledges with deep concern, the current situation in Guyana, with regard to the treatment of journalists covering the events following the March 2 General Elections.
We stand in solidarity with the Guyana Press Association (GPA) who have reported that “media operatives are increasingly becoming the targets of attacks related to the ongoing postelections situation. GPA has received several reports of threats of violence against journalists on social media and attempts to interfere with the work of media operatives covering events that have followed the March 2 General and Regional Elections.”
The TTPBA joins in the call by the GPA for the leadership of all political parties, state authorities and interest groups "to openly discourage actions that can have the impact of undermining the work of journalists and their media enterprises."
Press Freedom is a critical pillar of democracy together with the right of the people to know.
In any society where such freedom is being undermined through acts of intimidation, it is up to leaders and those who act as watchdogs to step in and address circumstances which can have severe repercussions on a nation.