-State media employees were also denied access because they did not have their GINA press passes.
Kwame Mc Coy: LAST Saturday’s Kaieteur News report titled, `KN reporter refused entry to President’s press conference’ is demonstrative of that newspaper’s unwillingness to subscribe to the rules and regulations governing the media profession in Guyana. It has been a long-established rule that media practitioners, including reporters and cameramen, visiting the Office of the President and State House for assignments, are required to present their Government Information Agency (GINA) press passes to security officials for entry into any of these premises.
GINA is the officially designated agency for accrediting media personnel on application from their media houses and the media passes are countersigned by the Police Commissioner.
Kaieteur News, like all other media houses, is fully aware of this rule. The other 21 media practitioners who attended last Friday’s press conference at the Office of the President had access because they presented their GINA press passes.
It might be instructive to note that Mr. Yohann Earle, reporter of GNNL and Mr. Vishal Seokumar, Studio Supervisor of NCN, were also denied access because they did not have their GINA press pass.
The Kaieteur News reporter, Mr. Gary Eleazer, was turned away because he failed to meet the security requirement.
The Kaieteur News’ declaration that it is not recognising GINA press passes shows that Mr. Eleazer was fully aware that his objective was to challenge the system.
The media is no law unto itself. If we are to set standards then Kaieteur News must follow the rules of the game.