Sharma has slandered many people
Stabroek News
January 30, 2002

Dear Editor,

Hearing about the attack on Mr C.N. Sharma, I cannot find it in my heart to feel sorry for him though I consider myself to be an upright, lawful, well balanced and honourable citizen.

How many individuals have this man assaulted with his wild, unfounded accusations, causing them great anguish and raising public suspicion on their character. How many individuals have this man ridiculed on the basis of their physical appearance and on his contrived views of their sexual preferences.

Mr Sharma and his cronies must know that there is a limit to a citizen's tolerance. The beating he received is a reflection of the rage that this man's slander evokes. In this country, no one can depend on the judicial system to deal with his libel and slander. The Government of Guyana refuses to take appropriate action to deal with media abuse. And on Sunday, January 20, 2002, Mr Sharma faced an unfortunate consequence for his nefarious acts, and abuse of media democracy.

As to the PNC, GAP/WPA and Press Association which have been prompt in their defence of Mr Sharma and condemnation of the assault, may I ask, where were these same groups when upstanding citizens of this country were being vilified by Sharma's acerbic and odious fulminations?

Yours faithfully,

(name and address provided)

Editor's note

Though Mr Sharma has undoubtedly provoked many people by the unprofessional manner in which he conducts his programme, allowing all sorts of libellous allegations to be made instead of interviewing persons fully in advance, this cannot justify a physical attack on him.