Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Your Right to Know – the International Perspective.

“Your Right to Know” is the theme of Sunshine Week a current US based campaign for Public Access to Information (PATI).
The campaign is of course universal and in Jersey we at “The Voice” are battling to secure our rights to video and blog - the ever diligent Deputy Bob Hill has tabled a challenging question for the next States meeting - but there are other threats too from the likes of Senator Perchard who wants to stifle blogging (see voice for jersey and voice for children links on this page).

BUT don’t just take our word for it – look at the campaign in Bermuda too for open government and freedom of information and have a LOOK at that island’s simple 10 point plan for legislation here
Our problems are not unique. Small communities all over the world are facing just the same difficulties as we are and many of them are Tax Havens too.

So, spare a few minutes to look beyond the horizon of this island and see what is going on in other places. Learn by their examples. Broaden your knowledge. Don’t just accept the stuff churned out by the JEP, CTV and BBC Jersey and the Jersey government spinners. There really is more. Protest if necessary. It is your right to know.

Submitted by Thomas Wellard.

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