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Kaieteur News will continue to be denied a radio license, says Luncheon – 9th May 2013

shot0009In a bold admission, the Government’s Chief Spokesman Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon today said that Kaieteur News will continue to be denied a radio license. There has been mounting controversy over radio licenses issued by President Bharrat Jagdeo to his friends and associates of the ruling party.

Kaieteur News has taken the matter to the court, but today, this brazen declaration was made by the administration that it will continue to shut out the newspaper, which has been known for being a sharp critic of the Government, especially on its corruption record.

With recent criticism from the United States and its position for Guyana to be more transparent on the issuance of radio licenses, Dr. Luncheon said the Government is not feeling pressured to act.

US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt, on the eve of World Press Freedom Day challenged the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority to review and approve the qualified applicants for radio licenses.

Former Speaker of the National Assembly and PPP Central Executive member for over 4 decades Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran has said he believes that the licenses should be withdrawn.

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry have said that they would welcome a relook at the circumstances that led to the issuance of the licenses.

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo had issued several licenses just before he left office in 2011, but this was only revealed recently in the National Assembly that the majority of the licenses were issued to friends and family of the former President.

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