TTPBA stands in solidarity with Guyana Press Association

The TTPBA joins with the GPA in calling for an end to acts of intimidation against media workers... (Image: STABROEK NEWS)

The Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) says it is standing in solidarity with Guyanese journalists covering the recent national elections in Guyana—and its aftermath.

In recent days, there have been several threats of violence against journalists reporting on the elections developments.

The Guyana  Press  Association  (GPA)  has called for an end to threats against media workers.

The full text of the TTPBA’s statement on the matter, follows…

The Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association (TTPBA) acknowledges with deep  concern,  the  current  situation  in  Guyana,  with  regard  to  the  treatment  of  journalists covering the events following the March 2 General Elections.

We  stand  in  solidarity  with  the  Guyana  Press  Association  (GPA)  who  have  reported  that “media operatives are increasingly becoming the targets of attacks related to the ongoing postelections situation. GPA has received several reports of threats of violence against journalists on social media and  attempts to interfere with the work of media  operatives covering events that have followed the March 2 General and Regional Elections.”

The  TTPBA  joins  in  the  call  by  the  GPA  for  the  leadership  of  all  political  parties,  state authorities  and  interest  groups  “to  openly  discourage  actions  that  can  have  the  impact  of undermining the work of journalists and their media enterprises.”

Press Freedom is a critical pillar of democracy together with the right of the people to know.

In any society where such freedom is being undermined through acts of intimidation, it is up to leaders and those who act as watchdogs to step in and address circumstances which can have severe repercussions on a nation.