The Ministry of Education has circulated a memo to public officers, in essence censoring them from speaking publicly about the Belize Guatemala issue. The MEMO, leaked to PlusTV this evening, is titled “Public Officers & the Media –Belize/Guatemala Situation” The memo reads,
“In an effort to support the Government of Belize with the de-escalation of the current Belize/Guatemala situation, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport & Culture takes this opportunity to remind and ask all officers to refrain from speaking with the media on this matter”.
The memo sites regulation 54 (3) to (6) of the Belize Constitution (Public Service) Regulations 2014 which reads as follows;
“(3) A public Officer whether on duty or on leave shall not allow himself to be interviewed on matter affecting the defense or military resources of Belize. (4) A Public Officer shall secure prior clearance from the Chief Executive Officer or head of department to make Statements to the Press regarding Public Policy. (5) A Public Officer shall not respond to questions of Public Policy in a manner that could reasonably be construed as criticism of government and which may call into question his ability to impartially implement, administer or advise on Government Policy. (6) Where a Public Officer is called upon to respond to the media or participate in interviews on Public Policy, he shall provide only factual information for explanation and clarification.”