US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday tweeted that he has spoken with Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland to discuss support for a democratic transition in Guyana among other issues.

Pompeo tweeted from his official Twitter page around 5 pm yesterday.

“Spoke today with Canadian Deputy Prime Minister @CAFreeland to discuss the crisis in #Venezuela, the COVID-19 outbreak, support for democratic transition in Guyana, and the importance of continued strong @OAS_Official leadership on democracy and human rights, “he wrote.

The matter concerning injunctions against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) will be heard today at the Guyana High Court before Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire.

The Guyana Press Association (GPA) yesterday noted its “deep concern” with the degree to which media operatives are increasingly becoming the targets of attacks related to the ongoing post-election situation.

“We have received several reports of threats of violence against journalists on social media and attempts to interfere with the work of media operatives covering events that have followed the March 2 General and Regional Elections, “ the GPA stated.

“There is a stringent process of media accreditation to determine the bona fides of local journalists and other media workers and we would expect that all due regard be paid and courtesies extended to these professionals in the execution of their duties.”

On Sunday outside the Guyana High Court, the Guardian Media team in Guyana was verbally attacked by a few people who were awaiting George-Wiltshire’s ruling on whether the court had the jurisdiction to hear the matter.

“The GPA also calls on the leadership of all political parties, state authorities and interest groups to openly discourage actions that can have the impact of undermining the work of journalists and their media enterprises, “ it stated.

We urge all political leaders to cease and desist from creating conditions for the perpetuation of media harassment and the dampening of press freedom, “ the GPA stated.

The GPA said an alert on the dangers being posed by these practices is being developed by the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM) for onward transmission to its international partners.