Srutiny Panels were supposedly created in order to make Jersey Government more accountable and transparent.
Until the 18th of Feb 2009 anybody could make video recordings of Scrutiny Panel meetings. But then, the Scrutiny Chairman's Committee decided that "Bloggers" like us and the general public must not video without prior permission. A Chaiman's "veto" was thus effectively created - but it does not apply to Channel TV, Channel Online, BBC or any others of the "accreditted Press".
We were not invited to comment. There was no published agenda. The committee meeting was not open to the public. We have spoken with 5 of the 6 committee members - 4 "can't remember" if there was a vote the other says "there was no vote". Minutes of the meeting won't be available for another month................
CITIZENS MEDIA is under attack.
Senator Jimmy Perchard's outburst is not an isolated voice from the establishment. Be in no doubt - this Government wants to silence Bloggers like us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ironically on the 2nd of March 2009 10;12;00GMT Anonymous filed some very interesting comments about these matters here http://stuartsyvret.blogspot.com/2009/02/most-entertaining-diversion.html
For information on Human Rights and Freedom of Expression look at Article 19's site here http://www.article19.org/