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Website linked to Guyana's ruling party removed for alleged violations
Published on February 12, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

NEW YORK, USA -- A website linked to Guyana's ruling People's Progressive Party (PPP) government "Newguymedia.com" has been removed from the internet for alleged violations. The action followed a complaint by Rickford Burke, president of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) to US authorities, who directed it in turn to the domain registrar and host of the website.

Company officials had previously warned the site administrators that they were in violation of its terms of use policies and, potentially, federal statute. The owners were given 48 hours to remove any and all infringements and references to Burke but failed to comply.

Notifying Burke of its action, the hosting company’s legal department wrote: “We have contacted the owner and have requested the violation be removed, or we have removed the offending website.”

CGID’s director of communications, Jevon Suralie, in a statement said, “Officials of Guyana’s ruling PPP operate above the law with arrogance and impunity.”

He added, “This is the United States where no one is above the law. We are a democracy and the rule of law is supreme to all other interests and ambitions.”

The action stems from Newguymedia.com publishing false and defamatory allegations about Burke. The site also allegedly published and/or disseminated altered court documents and/or information, a potential crime. Burke has sued the owner of the site, Clinton Dubissette, of Brooklyn, New York, for libel.

Suralie accused information liaison officer to Guyana's President Donald Ramotar of disseminating the bogus and defamatory story to state and PPP-friendly media in Guyana.

"President Ramotar's Office appears to be a cesspool for sleaze and character assassination," he observed.
 
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