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Rohee wants official declaration on GINA coverage

The Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee says he wants an official statement from the Government Information Agency (GINA) relative to the coverage of the PPP in Parliament.

This is after President David Granger, in an announcement that shocked many, stated that GINA should also give coverage to the Opposition PPP in the National Assembly and not shut them out as was done under past administrations.

This was in direct contravention to a position adopted by the Director of Public Information (DPI) Imran Khan who stated that it was not GINA’s responsibility to cover the Opposition.

Granger however stated “as far as I am concerned the Government Information Services, the Government News Agency must cover all three branches of government, Legislative, Executive and Judicial…[people] have to be better informed and you cannot inform the people by depriving them of information."

But this statement is not enough for the PPP General Secretary with Rohee declaring “I take it with a pinch of salt.”

Rohee told reporters on Monday that GINA should issue a statement on its policy to all of the political Parties that contested General and Regional Elections informing them of the change in policy.

“I believe that GINA must write to everybody…conveying to them the policies…how much airtime they are allotted and things like that,” the General Secretary stated.

Rohee also pointed out that there must be some clarity coming from the Office of the DPI within the Office of the Prime Minister.

“That statement ought to be balanced against what Imran Khan stated and what Nagamootoo is saying,” he said.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Oh my! Suddenly, the need for government coverage of the ‘Opposition’ needs to be investigated? Doesn’t the PPP have other media-friendly outlets to fool its gullible sheeple?
    And how can the PPP demand equal coverage while walking out of Parliament? The government side sat and listened to its bilge, but hate-filled Jagdeo just cannot stomach listening to Nagamootoo speak from ‘the other side’?

  • Gtloyal

    “I believe that GINA must write to everybody…conveying to them the policies…how much airtime they are allotted …. ”
    Rohee, can we ask something (sub rosa, maybe)?: GINA is a state owned entity – only administered by the executive arm of the government and not owned by it – so every citizen should have right to airtime, don’t you think? Isn’t that more or less how you guys ran it during your stint? Remember how you used to give the opposition all those hours? If you can’t remember how democratic you were then maybe you should ask Bharat. He never forgets.
    Well, the truth is that at times you guys make some declarations that is only worthy of some comedy show.
    Why don’t you just say thanks you now have a president that, unlike you, believes in democracy?