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Government and newspaper publisher at odds

Published:Wednesday | October 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Gov?t and

newspaper

publisher at odds

GUYANA

GEORGETOWN, CMC:

The Guyana government says it ?condemns in the strongest possible language? what it described as ?the despicable act? of a national newspaper to distort and manipulate a private conversation of a government minister, ?whose conversation was illegally recorded, and distorted, and broadcast?.

In a statement, the Donald Ramotar administration said that it was standing behind Attorney General Anil Nandlall as the government ?goes out of its way to foster peace and goodwill.

?We believe in the integrity and professionalism of the Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall, and stand by him,? the statement said, noting that the government

?cherishes freedom of the press, but when private media operatives use the power of the mass media to manipulate public opinion, our nation suffers from the negativity?.

The statement said that the Kaieteur News newspaper ?has sustained an intensive, vicious attack on members of the government of Guyana, using its media power to distort even private conversations that it illegally records?.

But Kaieteur News publisher Glenn Lall has since lodged a complaint with police against Nandlall, accusing him of threatening him and suggesting that the newspaper?s employees will be targeted.