Prime Minister instructs NCN CEO to apologise to pregnant journalist

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo

In a releaseon Wednesday, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, under who’s purview the state media falls, instructed the CEO of the National Communications Network Lennox Cornette to offer an apology to news anchor Natasha Smith.

Natasha Smith
Natasha Smith

It was alleged that the CEO had instructed Smith be removed from her position as news anchor because of her pregnancy and her unmarried status. The CEO has denied that this was the reason for her removal, however, following a protest by the Guyana Press Association and other concerned citizens outside of NCN yesterday (Tuesday, Sept. 6) the CEO agreed to have Smith return to the anchor’s chair.

The release from the Prime Minister stated, “I have advised the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Communications Network (NCN) to tender an unqualified apology to Ms. Natasha Smith for using her pregnancy as reason to remove her temporarily as News Anchor.”

The Prime Minister condemned the move by the CEO saying, “I do not condone any such act and disassociate myself from the action in this matter by NCN.

Our coalition government stands for full equality of our women and their right to work or association must not be denied or in any way trampled by their free choice to be married or to remain single, or to bear or not to bear children.”

The Prime Minister said, “It agonises me to get involved in what is an NCN management matter but, as a journalist and as a parent, I refuse to be silent on this occasion.”

Ms. Smith returned to anchor the NCN news on Wednesday evening.