Since its formation, the Kaieteur News has stood faithfully by the Guyanese people. The paper has stoutly defended your rights and freedoms; it has exposed the pressures brought to bear on certain businesses in Guyana and the favouritism given to others.
It has unearthed plots orchestrated against enemies of the government; reported on the evil of criminal gangs that once lay siege to our country; shared the pain of those whose relatives and loved ones fell victim to these gangs, and laid bare the identities and schemes of the carpetbaggers who fleece the public purse.
Kaieteur News has been the voice of the voiceless, a shield against injustice and an ever-vigilant watchdog against capriciousness, falsehoods and rapacious corruption. For this stance, a high price was paid. Our printery was firebombed, our pressmen cold-bloodedly murdered, our access to government advertisements restricted, our building placed under surveillance, threats were leveled against our editor and publisher and their names scandalized on political platforms. There was even a call for businesses to boycott this newspaper.
At the highest levels, plans were hatched to deal with Kaieteur News. Now there is a plan to muzzle and destroy this newspaper and its publisher.
This latest plot is because of exposés of corruption in high places. As a result, plans have been hatched to use the power of the State and State institutions to crush Kaieteur News and to jail its publisher.
Trumped-up charges have been prepared against the publisher. We are in receipt of information that more sinister plots are being concocted against him and this newspaper. We know, also, the architects behind these plots and shall make public their identities in due time.
These attacks on our newspaper, its editor and publisher, are attacks on what we stand for: the right to free expression and the right to defend the patrimony of our country and secure the future of each of our citizens.
As we confront this evil plot to destroy this newspaper, we once again urge you, the Guyanese people, to rally behind us. Evil can only be resisted by the united front of the Guyanese people. We call on all the political parties, trade unions, the Guyana Bar Association, the religious community, the Guyana Press Association, other civil society groupings and you the citizens to rally by the side of Kaieteur News.
We have always stood by your side. All we ask today is that you stand by us as we face this insidious persecution. We shall fight the good fight as always. And as we do so, we would be pleased to know that we have you, the Guyanese people, in our corner.