Premier Andrew Fahie has shot down claims that his administration has shunned the media.
The Premier was at the time responding to questions from reporters during a press conference on Tuesday.
“I have shunned no media. Maybe in a public domain like this,” he stated. “I don’t shun the media. We have not shunned the media … I want to make it clear because when things go out to the public, they will get the wrong impression like we are trying to hide something. I have nothing to hide. You cannot be private in the public.”
Fahie also dismissed claims that his administration did not issue adequate information to the public during the lockdown period.
Premier Fahie said anyone who claims his administration has not been giving sufficient information “has to be someone who was inside the curfew without a radio, TV, phone or anything at all”.
He then proceeded to recall times when members of the media were allowed interviews with him and have made contact with him via social media.
“I would give them the answer if I have it,” Fahie said, adding that he points them in the direction whenever he does not have the requested information.
Hours before the press conference, he issued a media press advisory stating that “journalists must submit questions [beforehand] … to take part in today’s (yesterday’s) press conference”.
The Premier later claimed that the request was so he and other participating officials could conduct research.
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