GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Guyana’s President, Irfaan Ali, on Tuesday sought to guarantee media operatives and residents that the Authorities has no intention of utilizing fashionable expertise equivalent to spy ware to watch their actions.
He gave the promise as he addressed members of the media fraternity at first of the two-day Nationwide Convention and Symposium hosted in observance of World Press Freedom Day.
President Ali’s assertion got here after President of the Guyana Press Affiliation (GPA) Nazima Raghubir, referred to as on the administration to guarantee journalists and media homes that it’ll not make the most of spy ware like Pegasus, towards the background of allegations made in Trinidad that the federal government there had been utilizing that Israeli-manufactured programme.
“This government has no intention, whatsoever; it has not even contemplated my mind to move in any direction to have any spyware. I have not even imagined something like that, it will never happen, at least under this government,” Ali stated.
He added that below the democratic assemble of a free society, no authorities ought to be spying on its inhabitants, noting that, “wherever it exists, it should be rooted”.
The President emphasised that his PPP/C administration believes in freedom of the press and his authorities will stay accessible to the media.
“There has never been any time I am called upon, anywhere, and not make myself available, not only to the media, but to the people of this country because there is where I belong, there is where I feel comfortable. I would not run away from that,” he stated.
World Press Freedom Day 2022 was noticed below the theme ‘Journalism Under Digital Siege’.