(AP) A media advocacy group urged Guyana’s government Monday to take steps to protect journalists after several recent attacks against newspaper workers in the South American country.
The Trinidad-based Association of Caribbean Media Workers said recent assaults against employees of Guyana’s main daily newspaper, The Stabroek News, should compel countries in the region to stand up to those who use violence “as a tactic to silence critical voices.”
“We call on the government of Guyana to do all in its power to protect media workers from acts of aggression and violent retribution from individuals or groups implicated in their reports,” Wesley Gibbings, president of the group, said in a statement.
Guyanese officials weren’t immediately available for comment Monday.
On Friday, three men with handguns stormed the Stabroek News’s advertising office in the capital of Georgetown and beat and robbed staff members of cash and jewelry before escaping on motor-scooters. No one was seriously injured.
Earlier that week, gunmen opened fire on a Stabroek News vehicle carrying home several employees. A bullet pierced the car’s fender but didn’t injure anyone.
Police have made no arrests in either attack.
Gibbings said attacks against the media “undermine the very freedoms we have earned” and urged journalists to continue aggressively covering major issues, including crime and corruption.