Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he would be happy for the Chairman of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) to investigate reports that a party member threatened to spit on and hit news reporter, Tresha Lionel.
A video recording of the incident was posted on social media.
Chastanet was responding to a question from another reporter Tuesday about the matter, in which a member of the UWP’s Vieux Fort North constituency made the threat.
“It is certainly behaviour that I would not condone,” he asserted, adding that he was hearing about the incident for the first time.
He said he would be happy for the UWP Chairman to investigate as quickly as possible.
Asked about the treatment of members of the media under such circumstances, Chastanet’s response was: “I think, pretty good!”
“I try to give you guys as much access as possible. We’re as responsive as we possibly can be. We are continually on NTN and I am very happy that we’ve developed a relationship with NTN through to the many media houses,” the PM asserted.
“I would like to think that you have as much access as you have ever had before,” he stated.
“Certainly I hope none of you feel oppressed in any way,” Chastanet.
He said he has never tried to curtail any stories or the leads that reporters take.
While agreeing that access to the state owned National Television Network was not the same as direct access, Chastanet observed that unfortunately, the access had to be curtailed because of COVID-19.
However he recalled that there had been a practice where every single Monday, members of the media were granted access to offices.
“Now that the new protocols are in are hoping that is something we can resume very quickly,” he told reporters.