Kaieteur News Pulls Freddie Kissoon Column
Tempers appear to be overflowing at the Kaieteur News which prides itself as being the most popular of the daily newspapers in Guyana. The newspapers’ Publisher Glen Lall last evening pulled the Freddie Kissoon Column from his newspapers during a heated confrontation between the two that appeared to have had all the makings of a daytime soap opera. The Freddie Kissoon column is the longest running column in the Kaiteur News and has been a fixture since the inception of the newspapers 17 years ago.
It became a daily column over 8 years ago, earning the distinction of being the only known daily newspaper column in the Caribbean. But all that was cast aside when Lall summoned Kissoon to his office for a meeting over a column that was written a few weeks back about squatters on the embankment. Although the Kaieteur News had published a clarification of the issue raised in the column and called Kisssoon out it, last evening’s meeting was expected to end the issue for once and for all. But Kissoon became incensed when he arrived for the meeting, it was pushed back and he thought he was being disrespected in the presence of the brother of the PPP presidential candidate Donald Ramotar. Kissoon today told capitol news that he is still to hear from Kaieteur, the true reason behind the decision to pull the article, even if it’s temporary.
Kissoon is convinced that there may be more to the discontinuation of the column. The Kaieteur news publisher and the newly selected PPP presidential candidate Donald Ramotar are close personal friends. Kissoon has been severely critical of the current administration and from all appearances he may have been asked to tone it down when it comes to Ramotar. But Kaieteur News’ editor in chief Adam Harris said the pulling of the column from today’s newspapers had nothing to do with Ramotar and his relationship with the newspapers owner and publisher.
But there may still be a rainbow hanging over the waterfall newspapers as both Kissoon and Harris appear to be open to discussions and a possible return of the column.
Kaieteur News Owner and Publisher Glen Lall today said Kissoon was disrespectful to him and he was not going to take it. He said he has no problems calling out columnists of his newspapers if and when they carry reports that are not fully accurate. As for his relationship with Ramotar, he said that’s a non issue which has nothing to do with the current problems between himself and Kissoon. He admits that he and Ramotar share a relationship as if they are brothers and he has no apologies for that.