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Media Association urges politicians, media owners to respect “right of press freedom”…

MATTThe Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) says it is monitoring with serious concern the reported resignations of senior management executives and journalists at the Guardian Newspapers.Guardian_Media_Limited_logo

The reported departures at the Guardian follow a meeting on Monday between the Newspapers managing director Gabriel Faria and editors over what News Power Now understands were several published stories that appeared to be motivated by a political agenda.

News Power Now understands that the Guardian sought to effect a Newsroom reshuffle, which included re-assignment of editor-in-chief Judy Raymond, under whose short tenure to date, the papers experienced an exodus of experienced reporters. MATT Judy Reymond

Guardian Media Limited Managing Director Gabriel Faria confirmed that Ms Raymond agreed to work on the development of a robust editorial policy intended to provide a higher quality of unbiased, accurate and fair reporting.

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Guardian Public Affairs editor Dr Sheila Rampersad, right, and investigative reporter Anika Gumbs-Sandiford leaving the Guardian Building yesterday…

The latest wave of departure from the St Vincent Street daily publication include recently hired Public Affairs editor Dr Sheila Rampersad along with Investigative reporters Anika Gumbs and Denyse Renne.

It is understood that Media Sector Head at the Ansa McAl group of companies Mr. David Inglefield has been stripped of his responsibilities but remains a Board member.

Sunshine NewspaperThere is speculation that some of the individuals who resigned are being courted by the weekly Sunshine newspapers, which is controlled by Jack Warner, the Independent Liberal Party interim Political Leader, who is contesting the July 29 Chaguanas West by-election.

The Media Association has issued a release urging politicians and media owners to respect the right of press freedom, which is enshrined in the Trinidad and Tobago Constitution.

The Guardian Newspapers is the publication arm of publicly-traded Guardian Media Limited, a subsidiary of the conglomerate ANSA Group of Companies.

Managing director Faria says Guardian Media Ltd remains committed to the highest principles of journalism, and assures that the media entity was in full support of “fair, balanced and accurate reporting by its reporters.