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Sharma Under Fire Again for Vieira’s Searching Commentary

Once again the Jagdeo regime is moving to clamp down on TV station CN Sharma. Although Sharma had moved to the court for a pre-emptive injunction to prevent the Advisory Committee on Broadcasting from recommending to the president the closure of the station, the Office of the President claimed that the President had been in possession of the recommendations by the ACB before the ex-parte injunction was sought.

OP dismissed the injunctive action brought by Sharma’s legal advisors as futile. OP added that Sharma was trying to prevent the Advisory Committee on Broadcasting (ACB) from discharging its statutory responsibilities with regards to upholding the laws, rules and regulations on broadcasting in Guyana.

Clearly indicating that as far as the Regime is concerned for CN Sharma there is an inherent presumption of guilt, the regime pointed to what it referred to as the records that would show that Sharma has been increasingly an offender of the law. The Jagdeo Regime that has bristled at any form of critical analysis or review in the past noted CN Sharma’s past alleged infractions. The Jagdeo Regime has telegraphed that any decision would be based on this past.

Sharma’s alleged infractions have been contentious issues that have been picked up by the international community, the Guyana Press Association, the Association of Caribbean Media among others as examples of the Regime’s hostile reaction to what it deems criticism and freedom of the Press and Expression.

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