President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy in NY, sues Guyana state media for libel – 8th Feb 2013
President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy in NY, Rickford Burke, has sued the state owned and controlled, NCN and the Guyana Chronicle and other media houses here for Libel. Burke is accusing the two state media entities and the others in Guyana of libel surrounding the publication of a traffic violation concerning him. The Information Liaison to the President, Kwame McKoy, was sued too for programs he did, naming Burke in connection with alleged malfeasance in the U.S.
The entities last week went ahead and publicized charges about Burke that were not part of the court records filed in New York. Burke, through his attorney Nigel Hughes, demanded a retraction and apology from the media entities. They attempted to apologize but according to the attorney, what they printed or publicized had to be rejected on several grounds including the fact that in the case of the Chronicle, it was not given the same prominence as the offending article and was not published on the front page of the edition of the said day.
As a result, Burke has instituted legal action against the media operations in Guyana. He has also moved in the United States against online operations linked to the Guyana Government.