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Saga of the broadcast licence issuance evokes strongest response yet by Government – 13th May 2013

Screen shot 2013-05-13 at 9.55.35 PMThe saga of the broadcast licence issuance by Former President Bharrat Jagdeo today evoked the strongest response yet by the administration with Attorney General Anil Nandlall saying that the way the issue has been portrayed in some sections of the media amounts to ethnic profiling.

The matter of the licences is in the court but several influential persons believe that there may not have been fair consideration to others before the issuance of the licences. One such person is Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran who is also a former Speaker of the National Assembly as well as a longstanding Central Executive committee member of the PPP party. But Nandlall said President Jagdeo was simply trying to break the radio monopoly. And that his actions cannot be seen in a racist light.

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo had issued several licences to broadcast as well as radio frequencies with the majority of the frequencies going to persons with close connections to the former President as well as the administration. This happened days before he demitted office in 2011.

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