The Attorney General is appearing for the Respondents, the Chronicle Newspapers and its editors.
In these proceedings, which are being heard together, the Applicants are seeking separate injunctions restraining the Chronicle Newspapers from further publishing certain alleged libelous materials, which the Newspapers published on the 15th day of August, 2017 and the 17th day of August, 2017, on its front pages, and concerning the Applicants. The Applicants are contending that the publications are libelous and have caused them loss, damage and grave public embarrassment. The Applicants fear that unless restrained, the Chronicle Newspapers will continue to publish the same or similar allegations of and concerning them. The hearing was adjourned to the 3rd of November, 2017 @ 10:30 am, where full legal arguments will be presented by both sides.
Significantly, the Attorney General, Basil Williams and the Chairperson of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited, Geeta Chandan-Edmond, who was present in the Court, gave an undertaking to the Court that the Guyana Chronicle shall not publish the same or any similar matters of and concerning the Applicants until the hearing is concluded and there is a ruling from the Court granting or refusing the injunctions sought. An undertaking by the Respondents in these circumstances has the same legal effect as if the injunctions sought were granted.
Interestingly, Ms Geeta Chandan-Edmond is also the Secretary and a member of the Gaming Authority.