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July 20
19:26 2018

The Government of Belize issued a statement today calling the Amandala newspaper to issue a correction for its headline in this weeks issue.

The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade, and Commerce issued called out the newspaper for the article “GOB grants major concessions to BEC to import 75 new vehicles” where the journalist reports that the concession came by way of a new statutory instrument.

The ministry noted that it gave the concession to Belize Estate Company as an investment incentive to include pickup trucks as a part of an already existing arrangement that the company has with GOB and that the concession period remains unchanged.

The ministry said that the concession is available to car rental companies through an application procedure and that the Amandala did not provide a complete picture as to the status of the incentive.

“I was disappointed at the news article because by the journalists own admission, he did not call me…” said Minister of State Tracy Panton.

The incident adds to an already contentious year between GOB and the Amandala, following the accusations that the government is deliberately not advertising with the paper in retaliation for the content that it produces which is harshly critical of the government.

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