Andrew Norfolk is one special top quality reporter and human being. I asked myself another question, if by chance he sought to move to Jersey, who would he work for and be free to use his many skills ? Now there is a question to ponder.
He recently won the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism.
1) I would also like to show my appreciation for the journalism of Andrew Norfolk.
2) I asked myself that same question before I read your own comment and I came to the conclusion that even if he were deluded enough to want to seek employment in a journalistic desert like Jersey, Mr. Norfolk would never
be able to work as a journalist for any of the established Jersey press or media organisations- the Paul Foot Award alone would be enough to get him blacklisted here. However, assuming he was somehow able to slip through the net, he would very quickly find himself heading back to the mainland again, either through disillusionment or because he ignored orders from above, stepped on the toes of someone in high authority and got himself fired.
In this respect, we can draw on the earlier, bitter experiences of Patrick Muirhead
, who, after 7 years as a BBC Radio 4 newsreader, spent a brief period of time in Jersey as a news anchor at Channel TV. His co-host was Kristina Moore
(AKA "Mrs. Ozouf"), who now sits in the States Assembly as the Deputy for St. Peter (safe government seat). In a 2008 Times article published after he returned to the mainland, he said of Mrs. Moore/Ozouf:
My co-host’s home became a popular salon for politicians and decision-makers. In such an atmosphere of closeness, any meaningful challenge becomes impossible. “You rub people up the wrong way,” she said, primly dismissing my methods.http://freespeechoffshore.nl/stuartsyvretblog/jerseys-media/
3) Please note that the Paul Foot Award is a joint initiative by The Guardian
newspaper and Private Eye
. The latter magazine exposes examples of political corruption at council level very regularly, particularly in its 'Rotten Boroughs'
column. I thoroughly recommend it:https://privateeye.subscribeonline.co.uk/gift-subscription-page
4) I remember reading Paul Foot's weekly column in the Daily Mirror even when I was a teenager, decades before the reality of the world wide web. Amidst a sea of total tabloid mush, he really helped to enlighten me on important issues that I would otherwise have remained in total ignorance about. All that campaigning journalism has now disappeared from the popular red tops and free speech and democratic values have suffered as a consequence.