The United National Congress has rejected what it calls the Trinidad Guardian’s politically biased, prejudiced and unprofessional reporting.
In a release from PRO Kirk Meighoo, he said “It is now commonplace for the Guardian to report criticisms of UNC press releases and statements, without actually publishing the original press release which has generated the story.
He said “For instance on Friday 23 April, the Guardian published the full statement of Dr. Keith Rowley condemning a UNC media release, but did not publish for its readers the UNC’s original statement, or the UNC’s subsequent rebuttal.
On Saturday 24 April, the Guardian condemned the UNC press release of that day, again without publishing the UNC media release itself, for its readers to judge.
On Sunday 25 April, the Guardian published in full Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s criticisms of another UNC media release. Again it did not publish the original UNC release for its readers to even know what he was responding to.”
He said “Such a dereliction of duty by the Trinidad Guardian is condemnable. It is even worse when this negligence occurs in relation to the country’s Official Opposition party.”
Meighoo added “The Trinidad Guardian has called itself “The Guardian of Democracy”. It would do well to try and live up to this title, instead of providing one-sided PNM Government propaganda, while virtually censoring the Opposition. This is the opposite of Democracy.”
He said the United National Congress, and the population as a whole, demands professional, balanced journalistic standards to be upheld by the Guardian. “The Trinidad Guardian must strive toward its ideal of being “The Guardian of Democracy”. It is needed now more than ever.”