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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 …
This, from C4, gives a pretty fair summing up of the issues involved in the #daftarrest libel trial which concluded last week:
Blogger’s legal fight shines light on council transparency
She was arrested for filming a council meeting – the situation escalated and now she’s in a high court libel trial. But citizen journalist Jacqui Thompson says she will still fight for transparency.
It’s a David and Goliath case which lays bare the challenges – and, some would say, the importance – of citizen journalism.
Jacqui Thompson is a blogger who writes about her local authority, Carmarthenshire County Council. She says she just wants to raise awareness of what’s happening in local government – but she has been locked in a legal struggle with the council authorities over her work for much of the last 18 months.
Back in 2011,
Mrs Thompson was ejected from a council meeting and arrested when she refused to stop filming for a report on her blog. She says there is nothing in the council rules which indicates that she cannot film – but the council disagreed. Read on…….