DPI responds to erroneous Stabroek News article
DPI media release
Sunday, September 29, 2019
The Department of Public Information notes an article in today’s edition of Stabroek News relating to the placement of government advertising in the daily newspapers. DPI advises the public that the article is wholly erroneous, misleading and mischievous. DPI rejects the article.
Stabroek News has received payment of over $50MILLION of advertising via DPI for 2019, far in excess of even the state-owned Guyana Chronicle. Also, several government entities have booked advertising directly with Stabroek News which would put this figure significantly higher.
It was, in fact, Stabroek News, of its own volition, which took the unprecedented action of formally writing to DPI stating that the newspaper will refuse to take government advertising, thereby effectively blocking government advertising from the newspaper.
A thorough and comprehensive response and presentation of all the unvarnished facts is being prepared and this will be released to the media and public tomorrow, Monday, September 30.