Government’s communications department will suspend media activity on Wednesday, April 18, to honour the late  Ira Philip, the journalist, author and historian, whose legacy spanned many years including the days of segregation in Bermuda.

Premier David Burt said today, he “deeply regretted” he would be unable to attend Mr Philip’s funeral service at the Anglican Cathedral in Hamilton at 11 am tomorrow.

But he added: “To mark his life of exceptional journalistic service to the people of Bermuda, I have instructed the Government’s Department of Communications to suspend all media activity tomorrow in honour of and out of respect for the celebration of Mr Philip’s life.

“The Government will not hold interviews or press conferences nor will any press statements be released on a day when the only news worth broadcasting will be happening live in the cathedral.”

Mr Philip, who was 92, died last week.

Mr Philip’s career spanned seven decades in journalism. He was also a former Progressive Labour Party senator.