Minister for Information, Senator Simon Stiell, has responded to recent concerns about press freedom on Grenada.
In a statement last week, Minister Stiell says government’s policy on press freedom is clear.
His statement says “freedom of the media and the deepening of the rights of the people are of paramount importance. These are the rights that we have sought to further entrench by our proposal for constitutional review, which remains an unresolved debate.”
Referencing recent social postings regarding an alleged incident involving a junior minister and a journalist, minister Stiell says “in relation to the matter reported about the minister of state, with responsibility for information – we are satisfied through our investigations, including talking to reporters – that there was absolutely no physical altercation. What has been reported on social media has grossly misrepresented the truth and has unfortunately led to comments and concerns by members of civil society, purported to be based on fact, when this is not the case.”
The minister further added that government takes responsibility for not adding clarity to the matter sooner.
The full text of the minister’s statement can be accessed via GBN’s Facebook page.