Journalist assaulted by Leopold Street residents during protest

first_img– GPA condemns attackWendell Jeffrey, a journalist attached to Safetv2 Headline News, Channel 2, was on Wednesday attacked and beaten by protesters in Leopold Street, Georgetown, who were at the time protesting the killing of a resident.Smoke emanating from the tyres that were set alight during Wednesday’s protest on Leopold StreetThirty-five-year old Odinga Williams of Leopold Street was shot and killed by Police in the wee hours of Wednesday morning at Norton Street, Wortmanville, as he was a suspected criminal.As such, relatives of the father of one along with residents of Leopold Street launched massive protest action in the area by burning tyres and other objects as they called for justice since they believe that Williams was unlawfully killed.At the time of the protest, however, the residents and relatives had indicated that they did not wish to engage the police in any discussions.Jeffrey a journalist of over 10 years, reported to the scene of the protest to provide coverage of the incident.Guyana Press Association President Nazima RaghubirThe journalist, who was wearing his media pass which states in part “Police Media Pass”, attempted to speak to a number of irate protestors but he was mistaken for a member of the Guyana Police Force. As such, he was immediately attacked by a gang of men and badly beaten.Speaking to Guyana Times at the Davis Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, Jeffrey detailed what took place on the day in question while noting that he was left traumatised.“Just before I cross the police line, the police were shooting maybe blanks or so at them [protesters] because they were lighting more objects so I guess that they were very agitated at the time I went in. So I hear somebody say bai the police! So, they came and I tried to say no I’m with the press but it was too late”, Jeffrey stated.Wendell Jeffrey, the journalist who was assaultedHe recalled that he was beaten to his head with a bottle, cuffed to his face, spat upon, his cellphone was thrown to the ground and damaged while a few of them attempted to relieve him of his camera.As a result of the beating, one of Jeffrey’s tooth was shattered. “Somebody cuff me, broke my tooth, I have to get it extracted”.Jeffrey revealed that he was saved by a relative of the now dead man who intervened.“In fact one of the ladies who came to shield me is the aunt of the guy who died, two of them came, she was the closest one to me and she hugged me and told the guys don’t hit him and stuff and as we walked back to the police line, she was telling me that she is the aunt and so on” Jeffrey revealed.The journalist, who is also a pastor, said that he is grateful that he is alive since the incident could have been much worse.The Guyana Press Association (GPA) in a statement condemned the attack and is calling for the incident to be thoroughly investigated.According to the Association’s Head, Nazima Raghubir, she “personally feel that if the account that the police were present while this incident took place is true, we need to ensure the police address this”.The GPA President used the opportunity to caution all media practitioners to be cognisant of their surroundings when covering situations highly fuelled by emotions.Media operatives are being advised to that “If the situation has the potential of moving towards violence and life-threatening, remove yourselves, cover these events in groups only and try to ensure that our mere actions or questions do not incite further harsh reactions”.last_img read more


first_imgMajella O’Donnell is to return to the Late Late Show to launch her official autobiography.Majella’s book ‘It’s All In The Head.’The book, ‘It’s All In The Head’, will be officially released on October 9th.And Majella will tell host Ryan Tubridy all about the book when she appears on Ireland’s biggest chatshow that evening. It will be an emotional return for Majella who in September last appeared on the show to have her head shaved for the Irish Cancer Society.There was a huge public response to Majella’s appearance and she managed to raise more than €600,000 for the cancer group.The book begins with her childhood in the 1960s, growing up in a small town in Ireland, her early love of music and dreams of a future full of hope and excitement, only to be dashed by a broken marriage and an uphill battle with depression.Her confidence and self-esteem at a low ebb, Majella decided to take charge of her own life and make a fresh start. The book then reveals that destiny lent a hand when she met Daniel O’Donnell, and their marriage in 2002 brought her immense happiness and fulfilment.It was a decade or so later that tragedy struck, with the diagnosis of her breast cancer.The book’s publisher describes it as “the compelling story of a woman made extraordinary by the courage with which she faced her greatest challenge.” MAJELLA TO RETURN TO LATE LATE SHOW TO LAUNCH HER AUTOBIOGRAPHY was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:autobiographycancerdonegalMajella O’Donnelllast_img read more