On Friday the 1st of May at 9.30 am there is a meeting of PPC (Privileges and Procedures Committe) that is of vital interest to all Bloggers and Journalists and those interested in political matters and freedom of expression.
The meeting is open to the public and takes place in Le Capelain room of the States building (Royal Square main entrance). You can watch and listen but cannot speak or make video recordings of the proceedings.
On the agenda is the question "what are media?" and this arises as a direct result of our Blogging activities as "The Voice".
If the PPC decides on a definition of "media" that seeks to exclude Bloggers or other so called "non accredited Journalists" the implications could be very far reaching and damaging.
Of course the meeting has not been advertised and we only discovered it by chance and we have only had a few days to prepare our written submission in response to the Goverment's paper, which as far as we know has not been circulated to anybody else, whether press, Bloggers or the general public.
Once again, Free Speech and Expression are under threat in Jersey. The cosy relationship of the established press with the Jersey government has been upset by Bloggers like us and others who dare to challenge the status quo.
If you have the time we urge you to attend the meeting but if not you can contact your elected "representatives" and especially the members of PPC who are;
Constable Juliette Gallichan of St Mary (Chairman)
Senator Ian Le Marquand
Deputy Ben Fox
Deputy Judith Martin
Deputy Collin Egre
Deputy Montford Tadier
Deputy Mike Higgins
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