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US Gov’t mounts pressure on Guyana Gov’t to review radio licences issued by former President Jagdeo – 3rd May 2013

bret hardtA leading Western Diplomat has joined in the discourse regarding the granting of radio licenses by former President, Bharrat Jagdeo.

US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt challenged the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority to review and approve the qualified applicants for radio licenses.

His comments came at a reception on the eve of World Press Freedom Day, which is usually celebrated on May 3.

Several private media representatives have been protesting the issuance of radio licenses by former President Jagdeo.

Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, who spoke on behalf of the administration, said that the Government has been proactive in recognizing press and freedom of expression in Guyana.

Voicing the concerns of the Guyana Press Association was its President, Gordon Moseley. He said the Guyana Press Association wants the revocations and a review of the grounds on which the licenses were reviewed.

Mr. Jagdeo had issued 10 radio licenses just before he left office in 2011, but it was only recently revealed in the National Assembly that the majority of the licenses were issued to friends and family of the former President as well as current and former Government officials.

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