Muslim men, women and children braved the inclement weather on Friday to protest in front of the Trinidad Guardian building, Uriah Butler Highway, Chaguanas.
They want columnist Kevin Baldelsongh and editor-in-chief Orin Gordon fired over a column which appeared in the Guardian on July 6 – the Eid holiday.
The protest, led by IBN (Islamic Broadcast Network) owner and activist Inshan Ishmael, was fallout from a column by Baldeosingh, headlined “How not to be killed by Islamists”, which appeared in the newspaper on Eid-ul-Fitr, on July 6.
According to Ishmael, the article desecrated all Muslims on the most important day on the calendar. After the column was published, Guardian released an apology to the Muslim community, but Baldeosingh is still employed as a columnist.
It is not the first time that Baldeosingh has been in hot waters. in May 2009, Baldeosingh was fired as journalist with the Newsday newspaper, causing supporters of Baldeosingh to question the manner and the reasons for the firing.
Some of them gathered outside of Newsday’s office on Chacon Street Port of Spain, and staged a silent protest in disagreement of his termination.
Orin Gordon has been editor-in-chief for the past two years. A Guyanese, Gordon worked with the BBC in London for more than 20 years. In an effort to stop the decline in sales, readership, and revenue, the owners of the Guardian has hired a Brazilian, Lucio Mesquita, as their Managing Director to save the ship.