A threat to free speech
Monday, May 17, 2010 10:09 PM
We have grave concerns and reservations about the Media Council Act as tabled in the House of Assembly by the Government.
The legislation, if approved as drafted, would position government to shut down reportage and opinion on any subject; in effect suppressing what people hear, say, read or write.
As such, the proposed legislation constitutes a threat to free speech in Bermuda. All Bermuda should be alarmed that their government could put forward such a dangerous plan.
We support the concept of a media council, but believe it should be self-regulating and governed by a clearly established set of principles.