Kamla says Don’t Read Guardian

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By Sue-Ann Wayow

GUARDIAN Media Ltd will receive a legal letter from Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar regarding an opinionated piece published last Sunday.

Persad-Bissessar said on Monday night that the United National Congress (UNC) does not advertise with Guardian and encouraged persons to read other daily newspapers. She said, “Read the Newsday and read the Express, but do not engage with Guardian Media Ltd. Thank you very much.”


She said, “On Sunday Guardian, yesterday, they wrote a totally false narrative. They are repeating Rowley’s narrative, that I am pushing Stand Your Ground law because I am racially stereotyping. You have known me in my life. I have said whether you white, black, blue, green, brown wherever you come from, only one race – the human race. Only one.

“So I have instructed my lawyers to call on the Guardian Media for their false narrative in yesterday’s Guardian… my lawyers would go forward, we must not give them a free pass.”

Persad-Bissessar also alleged that every day there would be a negative piece about the UNC and the National Transformation Alliance (NTA) for this week as she said Guardian was working in tandem with the People’s National Movement (PNM) to tarnish the opposition’s image.

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An article titled “Divide, conquer and stereotypes” addressed the use of political language stating that “Political platform language is a powerful tool that can incite and inflame emotions that may lead to wrongful behaviours by blind loyal followers.”

About Persad-Bissessar it stated, “Rather than comprehensively addressing the crime issue, Mrs Persad-Bissessar promoted the use of firearms and the dog whistle suggestion that crime is being perpetrated by only one section of the community. This is racial stereotyping at its worst. “

The article stated, “The same applies to Dr Rowley’s ‘derogatory gratuitous ethnic innuendo’ about ‘alcoholics and drunkards’ and for labelling those who do not support the reparations argument as ‘morons’.


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