non grata at the Chronicle
Well it finally appears that the Guyana Chronicle
has ceased publishing my letters in the Letters to
the Editor columns.
I say this because over the past couple of weeks,
I have sent numerous letters to the press for
publication, to which none, to date has been
This came as no surprise to me because I was
expecting some sort of directive from higher
authority in the form of an instruction to block
the publication of all my letters, whether or not
they were critical of the government.
This is a new low of the Guyana Chronicle.
The letter columns of any newspaper, as I’ve
always said, should be the true unfiltered voice
of the people in any given geographic area, no
Well, the Chronicle over the years has employed
the tactic of “ghost letter writers” replying
to any criticisms of other writers whose critical
letters appear in other newspapers.
The other (privately-owned) daily newspapers, of
course, do not play this dirty game that the
Chronicle is playing. Those papers publish letters
that are both complimentary and critical of the
The Chronicle has become the sole mouthpiece of
the government of the day—and no other voice
shall be tolerated. In all my years of expressing
ideas in these columns, I have never seen a letter
critical of the government in the Guyana
Chronicle! The paper’s website now has a feature
whereby readers on the internet can peruse
articles and letters and leave their comments. I
tried the thing and tried posting a comment. Do
you know that no comments are ever published
especially if that comment is critical? Whenever I
pen essays which may be critical of the
government, I still send them to the Chronicle for
publication even though I know I would be wasting
my time. Over the past couple of days there has
been a letter in every single edition of the
Chronicle penned by Mr Kwame McCoy. His diatribes
focus on the publisher of Kaieteur News and the
letters from Mr McCoy seem to be flowing non- stop
in the spaces of the Guyana Chronicle. The
squabble is getting more personal and unethical.
It should stop.
The Chronicle has become a newspaper characterized
by adhering to instructions from higher calling,
to proffer the agenda of the current
administration. I know I was one of the
Chronicle’s last hold-outs. They have published
my letters for years now, and now it appears that
they cannot take the heat from Suseran’s pen
Well, I have news for everyone: my views will
still be seen, read and heard in full black and
white in the other newspapers.
The Chronicle has now officially become the paper
whose letter columns are packed with all sorts of
crazy names, nom de plumes and questionable
A four-year-old can think up better and more
realistic names. Who buys or read the Chronicle
anyway? I only read the online edition to get a
few ‘jokes’ now and again.
Leon Jameson Suseran
March 31, 2010