MONDAY, JULY 19: We’re delighted with government’s decision not to proceed with the Media Council Act 2010.
We’re putting a lot of time and energy into establishing our own, voluntary media council and we see government’s decision as an endorsement of that effort.
Without question, we were prompted to act by government but now that we have the ball rolling we’re confident most people will see the benefits of independent regulation over legislation.
We were given the opportunity to address Cabinet last month and it appears that government is satisfied with our progress to date.
The two biggest winners are freedom of expression and the Bermudian public. The Media Council of Bermuda will protect the former and serve the latter by helping to raise the standards by which information is disseminated in Bermuda.
Work continues apace on assembling the media council and we plan to share more information in the coming weeks.
The Media Working Group