Monday 15 July, 2019

Media Association slams 'disgusting' attack on Guardian photographer

The attack of a Guardian Newspaper photographer while carrying out his professional duties has been met with concern by the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT).

The Media Association is now calling for the matter being thoroughly investigated by the police as a senior police officer was allegedly involved.

In a statement on Saturday, MATT said it was disturbed by the reports of the attack on Kristian De Silva as he attempted to take photos of the compound of A&V Drilling, which is embroiled in the “fake oil” fiasco at Petrotrin.

De Silva sustained injuries to his face when he was attacked by two men, one of which is said to be a senior police officer. His camera and eyeglasses were damaged in the attack.

The matter has been reported to the police.

He reported to the Penal Police Station that while covering the "fake oil" fiasco and seeking an interview with the owner of A&V Oil and Gas, Nazim Baksh, he was attacked by two men.

The Media Association expressed disgust over the alleged involvement of a senior officer in the assault.

MATT reminded citizens that Freedom of the Press is a right guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

“It is therefore unacceptable for a member of the media to be attacked while doing their job,” it said.

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