President distributes commemorative coins to mark GPA anniversary

Georgetown, Guyana – (January 7, 2019) President David Granger, on Sunday, presented the Guyana Press Association (GPA) with commemorative coins and lapel pins in the run-up to the Association’s 75th anniversary.

Next year, the Press Association will be celebrating its 75th anniversary and this is the first time the Association has been honoured with commemorative coins.

The coins were presented to the Executive of the GPA and members of the media at the President’s annual Media Brunch held at the Baridi Benab, State House, Georgetown.

“You have received [lapel] pins of the Guyana Press Association (GPA) and coins and I would like to feel that this starts a year of preparation, a year of celebration for your 75th anniversary,” President Granger said.

The Head of State also pledged government’s support to publish some form of history relative to the association so that young entrants in the profession could appreciate the evolution of the press over the last 75 years.

“I had promised to provide money for the training of the Press Association.   I’m committed to providing assistance to help you to publish your history of the Press Association and I’m also committed to assisting in strengthening one of the four pillars of journalism and the first is schooling,” he said.

The President has always insisted that journalists must receive education in journalism and noted that money has been made available to the GPA to facilitate training, seminars, symposia, and workshops in journalism.

“…education is important and I would like to feel that everyone entering the profession of journalism is given some training, education some schooling in the principles of journalism,” he said.

The Guyana Press Association was founded in 1945.

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