Jacqueline Thompson has reported on the auditors damning report into two issues at Carmarthenshire County Council. Vindication indeed! Everyone who wishes to scrutinise, those who act in our name, owe Jacqui an enormous debt of gratitude for asserting her (and … Continue reading →
“Carmarthenshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Head of Law and Head of Resources now have delegated powers to commence and fund (with taxpayers money) libel proceedings against the public and the press on behalf of themselves and other officers. The council as a governing body, has now enabled itself to bring and fund illegal libel actions under the cloak of a private claimant. This is the only council in the UK to have granted themselves these powers. This is unlawful, open to abuse, a threat to free speech and a grave misuse of taxpayers money.” Pinched from Carmarthenshire Planning Problems and more.
This approach from a public body is quite outrageous, illegal and just plain wrong in a democracy. Free speech under attack indeed!
Bloggers who receive this kind of treatment are advised to refer to Arkell vs Pressdram, in their response.
“New technology – particularly social media – means new opportunities to scrutinise councils; while the growing interest in citizen journalism and blogging means more people wanting to hold their council to account. It’s important that we keep pace with these new developments. So it’s disappointing that some council officers seem stuck in the analogue age: with some banning videoing, tweeting or live blogging.”
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. From ConservativeHome.
The New Statesman have picked up on this story of excessive and over use of powers by Carmarthenshire Council and Dyfed Powys Police, arresting Jacqui Thompson the Carmarthenshire Blogger for filming a public meeting on her mobile phone!
Have Carmarthenshire Council and Dyfed Powys Police acted illiberally?
The blogger Jacqui Thompson is led away by police on 8 June. Photo: Carmarthen Journal/Alexander Smith.
The blogger and campaigner, Jacqui Thompson was last week arrested, handcuffed, marched to a police car, and then detained at a police station for two hours. All she had done was to film a public meeting of Carmarthenshire Council on her camera read on…..
Heather Brooke, the campaigner who used the Freedom of Information Act to expose the MP’s expenses scandal, has picked this up!