Calls for increased security at Kaieteur News

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 28, 2007 – A police manhunt continues to locate gunmen who terrorised staff at the Kaieteur News newspaper on Friday.

The incident left staff traumatised as it seemed just like yesterday that gunmen massacred five of their colleagues leaving a bloody mess in the pressroom.

Gunmen ordered staff to lie on the floor, reminiscent of the incident of August 8, 2006, and asked to see publisher, Glenn Lall, who was not in. They left without harming the staff.

Editor Adam Harris said the company will increasing security though he admitted that because the buildings were under renovation that there were still many vulnerable spots.

Lall, said it was clear that he was the target and condemned the attach and said he will not live in fear and such incidents will not stop him from doing his job. He also fended off rumour that somehow he was not above board in his dealings.

The Guyana Press Association said this was an attack on press freedom and urged the staff at the newspaper to report all previous threats, incidents or occurrences that may aid investigators in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The association also called for stepped up police presence at the newspaper.

The ruling People’s Progressive Party of President Bharrat Jagdeo also condemned the attack which it said had the potential to undermine press freedom in the country and called on the authorities to do everything to apprehend the culprits.