Statement condemning press exclusion from swearing-in of new Cabinet Ministers
The Government of Grenada has once again shown its total contempt for the local media, and by extension the people of the country, by completely barring reporters and photographers from the swearing-in of new Cabinet Ministers today, 4 January 2024.
It is the first time in the modern history of Grenada that a government has barred coverage by independent press of the swearing-in of members of the Cabinet of Ministers, treating it as if it is their private function. Also shocking is that the administration will not deign to speak to the press for a full 24 hours after formalising the new Cabinet of Ministers.
Following the infamous “on a need-to-know basis” contemptuous comment, and the dismantling of the weekly post-cabinet briefing, we view this development as a dangerous new low.
The Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) roundly condemns this creeping contempt and wanton disrespect of the media by this current administration.
Not just the media, but the People of Grenada, deserve a full explanation as to the genesis of this decision; an appropriate apology, and a declared commitment not to seek to restrict access of the independent media, nor stifle coverage of matters of clear public interest.
We also call on the wider civil society to take note of this stunning development and to add their voices of condemnation.
- Dame Cécile La Grenade, Governor-General of Grenada
- Hon. Dickon Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada & Minister of Information
- Hon. Andre Lewis, President, Grenada Trades Union Council
- Grenada Conference of Churches
- Grenada Bar Association
- Media Managers and Owners