PORT OF SPAIN — Communications Minister Jamal Mohammed, line minister for state-owned Caribbean News Media Group, said he did not pull the plug on the live broadcast of former government minister’s Jack Warner public meeting last week.
Last Thursday, Warner held “Straight Talk”, a public meeting in Felicity to speak with his supporters about the allegations and circumstances which led to his resignation.
During that session, he said he was promised live airtime on CNMG, but at the last moment, was informed that permission was denied after a government minister intervened.
Mohammed, who is solely responsible for CNMG, however, said he never gave the instructions to pull the plug on Warner.
“As minister of communication responsible for CNMG, I had nothing to do with that and no say in the matter,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday.
“I heard in the news that Warner’s meeting was being carried live, but I do not know who gave the order to cancel that. It was not me,” he said.
Mohammed said he was not included in the discussion to carry the live feed of Warner’s meeting and had no idea who pulled the plug on the idea.
When told that chief executive officer of CNMG, Ken Ali, had referred all questions back to “the minister”, Mohammed said he did not know who Ali was referring to.
“It was not me,” he reiterated.
Minister of Local Government, Works and Infrastructure Suruj Rambachan also denied having any input in the decision to cancel the CNMG live coverage. (Express)