Broad­cast­ing Bill un­con­sti­tu­tional

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Editor,

I am a mem­ber of the Gov­ern­ing Board of the Guyana Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Author­ity hav­ing been nom­i­nated by the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion.

I re­fer to the head­line and page 3 ar­ti­cle car­ried by the Guyana Chronicle to­day Fri­day Au­gust 18, 2017, which head­line says in bold print “GNBA backs broad­cast bill” . The ar­ti­cle is ac­com­pa­nied by a pic­ture of the board mem­bers and GNBA of­fi­cers in a group with the Prime Min­is­ter who is the Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for In­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing broad­cast­ing.

I would like to state very clearly, that while I am a board mem­ber, I do not in any way “back the broad­cast­ing bill”.

I was ap­pointed to the board after a de­lay of more than two months dur­ing which time, the other mem­bers were in­volved in draft­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for reg­u­la­tions to the Broad­cast­ing Act 2011, which rec­om­men­da­tions the Prime Min­is­ter claims he used as the ba­sis for the in­fa­mous amend­ments to the Act.

Per­son­ally I con­sider the amend­ments to be un­con­sti­tu­tional and as a mem­ber of the Board I was not in­volved in mak­ing any rec­om­men­da­tions.

In fact it is my be­lief that my ap­point­ment to the Board was de­lib­er­ately de­layed for the pe­riod dur­ing which the rec­om­men­da­tions were be­ing drafted.

At Wed­nes­day’s meeting which the Prime Min­is­ter attended the Board was not asked to nor did it ex­press it’s “back­ing” for the amend­ments to the Broad­cast Bill.

I there­fore wish to dis­as­so­ci­ate my­self from the Chronicle’s head­line and/ or page 3 ar­ti­cle.

Ms. Bibi Safora Shadick, At­tor­ney-at-Law

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