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Local writers seek information on the Caribbean Press – 18th Jun 2013

shot0006Concerns have been mounting by local writers about the way in which the Caribbean Press is being managed. The Press should be receiving US $100,000 dollars annually from the Government, a commitment made by former President Bharrat Jagdeo, four years ago.

The writers are hoping that information on the Caribbean Press will be made public, because since the announcement of the Press, there has been no information about it.

The issue has stirred up heated debates in the social media and sections of the local press. One writer, Ruel Johnson, has been trying to get answers about the management of the Press. The Culture Ministry has responded only in selected sections of the media.

Under the law, the National Library is supposed to receive a copy of every book published in Guyana. The Culture Ministry has reported that the Caribbean Press has published 36 titles already under the Guyana Classic Library.

When Capitol News visited the National Library, only 13 of the books could be found in the reference department and an additional four titles will soon be placed with the current collection.

But checks by our news team revealed that private bookstore Austins’, has on record, 23 of those classics in stock, while the National Library has less than half of the number of the published classics.

The way in which the books are being distributed brings into question what is really the number of books published by the Caribbean Press and also gives credence to reports that it is not being managed properly.  The books are based on the history and culture of Guyana and a selection of Guyana’s Prizewinning texts.

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