binet news briefing, told reporters that the claim by the OBSERVER Group was misleading and that the Gaston Browne led administration had no intention of silencing the media house.
“I want to be forceful in this positon – there is no such intent on behalf of the Gaston Browne administration. This commercial arrangement that must exist between the OBSERVER and APUA is separate and distinct from any issue of the government.
“If we have to come back to the public and to really discuss this matter in the measure that is required as a defence, because we are under attack with this notion that we are trying to silence the OBSERVER Media Group. We will defend our position,” the Information Minister added.
He said the media group is trying to use the public to shield it from its financial obligations and that it may be facing the consequences of not having the sweet deals it enjoyed when the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) formed the government.
“We could then argue from a political standpoint that the previous administration had given the OBSERVER Group supper in the sense of giving them gratuitous contacts with the APUA to be able to subsidise the cost of its operations.
“We could argue that,” he said, adding “it is never going to be a point where we are going to be happy with any disadvantageous light that OBSERVER media puts the government in but that does not indicate that when we respond it means we want to squelch …the OBSERVER Media Group”.
He suggested that the media group “go back to other financial institutions” in a bid to meet its obligations to the APUA.