The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has added its voice to those condemning a decision by Observer Media Group that led to the resignation of journalist and Big Issues host Keiron Murdoch
Murdoch, resigned hours before his Sunday morning program after the management of Observer pull the last segment of the show; the part that was set aside to interview Prime Minister Gaston Browne on his recent cash handouts to the public.
In a statement to the media on Tuesday, the DNA said it was condemning any action which seeks to stifle or has the effect of suppressing or abridging the rights and freedoms entrenched in our Constitution
The Protection of Freedom of Expression including Freedom of the Press was fought for by valiant and courageous citizens over many years of tyrannical government abuse and suppression of free speech during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Their challenges were finally upheld in Privy Council Appeal No. 3 of 2000 in the landmark case, Observer Publications Limited v Campbell “Mickey” Matthew et al,” according to the DNA statement.
“The abrupt resignation of independent investigative journalist, Kieron Murdoch, from his position as Host and Producer of the weekly Big Issues program at Observer Radio aka NewsCo Ltd., is concerning and sad for multiple reasons. Murdoch represented and demonstrated fearlessness, impartiality, professionalism, objectivity, and depth as weekly, he tackled numerous provocative issues of local, regional and international interests for which other journalists took a hands-off stance,” the statement added.
DNA Communications Officer, Chaneil Imhoff, stated, “the freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution should never be trampled upon. Regrettably, our country has a long history of both government and media houses which overtly and covertly censor journalists and inhibit their freedom to execute their jobs without fear or favor… a free press is the cornerstone of our democracy.”
The DNA reminds all right-thinking citizens and residents that the freedom of the press is essential to freedom of speech.
“Journalists must give the population the unvarnished truth regarding national issues and be unafraid to expose reprehensible conduct by our public officials and those aspiring for political leadership. As the campaign season unfolds, let us be the vanguards of our Constitution given the tendency of both the ABLP and the UPP to dumb down the population by suppressing and manipulating the truth regarding national affairs,” the party stated.