When a Government starts to deviate from the law on free speech they also deviate from democracy
It is a fact that MP John Hemming has brought this to the notice of the UK Parliament. MP’s from all walks of life and sides of the house will look side ways and notice Jersey’s Government slipping away from the moral high road of free speech down some dusty lane.
Super Injunctions using obscure man made data protection detail, has also been brought to the attention of the heavy weight British press, so I am lead to believe.
Could Jersey be again after several recent lost legal skirmishes with the UK be sailing its legal boat into dangerous waters.All quotes are selective please view complete articles.
Mr Justice Mostyn lifted a ban on Christopher Booker, The Sunday Telegraph columnist, reporting on a case involving the future of children who are living with their mother.
The injunction barred Mr Booker from making any mention of the dispute, known as MvM and the London Borough of Sutton.
However, last week the High Court heard how the order prevented the reporting of proceedings that were “clearly in the public interest”.
In his ruling, Mr Justice Mostyn said he was lifting the injunction “because the emphasis should be on transparency” in the courts.
He added: “Mr Booker is perfectly entitled to be as rude as he wants about anybody he wants. That is what freedom of speech is about.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9904617/Open-up-family-court-hearings-says-senior-judge.html
Writing in The Daily Telegraph last month, Lord Dear, said that the law had “no place in our country” because the law was being “used to undermine free speech because of the way it is framed”.
Last month House of Lords vote saw peers vote overwhelmingly by 150 to 54 in favour of the change. Campaigners welcomed the change. Simon Calvert, Reform Section 5 campaign director, said he was “very pleased” by the Government’s statement.
He said: “This is a victory for free speech. People of all shades of opinion have suffered at the hands of Section 5.
“By accepting the Lords amendment to reform it the Government has managed to please the widest possible cross-section of society.
They have done the right thing and we congratulate them.”
A ComRes poll commissioned last year by the RS5 campaign showed that 62 per cent of MPs believed it should not be the business of government to outlaw “insults.”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9801377/Insulting-words-crime-which-made-it-illegal-to-call-a-police-horse-gay-is-to-be-changed.html
BBC Europe.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-15596225John Hemmings address in Westminster,
A lay judge—known as a jurat—called John le Breton has been allowed to sit as a jurat, even though he was vice-principal of Victoria college when he wrote to the governors in support of Andrew Jervis-Dykes,
The chief of police has been suspended to stop him investigating crimes. Bloggers are being threatened to stop them talking about people. Decisions by the state not to prosecute cannot be challenged, nor is private prosecution allowed. The country is Jersey.http://ricosorda.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/john-hemming-exposes-jersey-in-house-of.html