PM lashes out at media
Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020
PM lashes out at media
'They have interests to protect...'
An unprecedented attack
Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley yesterday accused the two largest media companies of not being independent but rather dancing to the tunes of their owners.
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Instead, Rowley replayed the recording of his statements after the United National General Assembly in October 2019. In that recording, Rowley talked about the clause in the Rio Treaty and said that Caricom was resolute that it was opposed to military intervention and supported peaceful resolution in Venezuela. "I am not answering you about what I told Mr Mondello, I am answering you on what T&T told the world," he said.
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