Deosaran: Media must be more responsible covering reputed gang leaders

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 17:45

Criminologist Professor Ramesh Deosaran is batting for Police Commissioner Gary Griffith saying that the media has to be more responsible how it covers stories associated with reputed gang leaders.

Deosaran in a media release said that Commissioner Griffith should add to his comments "the extent to which widespread media publicity of gang suspects unwittingly helps to perpetrate the be-jeweled gang culture and attract recruits".

In essence, Deosaran said this would allow the media to better understand the "gangster challenges" faced by the commissioner.

Professor Deosaran also urged the media to be wary of how gangster related stories are crafted, considering the dangerous circumstances facing the country.

He said the media had every right to report on the institutionalized habit of politicians to hand out contracts out of fear or for voting support and this must be condemned.

Deosaran explained, "the rapid and subversive escalation of gangs in this country now endangers lawful business, the political system and democracy itself."