#daftarrest Trial Judgement

Rothpol has just found a link to the #daftarrest judgement, which some readers may be interested in;

#daftarrest Judgement in full.

The parliamentary manoeuvres this week, in the middle of the night, in Ed Milliband’s Commons Office, and the potential implications of the #daftarrest judgement, together, will require some serious consideration by bloggers such as ourselves.

Rothpol is determined to keep Rotherham Politics running! We won’t be going anywhere soon, much to the chagrin of those whom we occasionally feature in these columns, no doubt.

Blogs featuring issues such as those we cover, are now an essential part of political discourse and scrutiny of those who pretend to act in our interests, long may they continue. Oh and all parish and Town councils, should have one too! We need more blogs, not less!

#daftarrest – Blogger’s legal fight shines light on council transparency

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.

LLandwrda resident 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…….

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A little light reading

Just last week, as the #daftarrest case concerning a citizen who has been subjected to the most outrageous intimidation including the litigation she has been forced to endure, came to an end, Eric Pickles reissued the following two documents:

Town hall doors unlocked to social media and bloggers

Citizen journalists and bloggers should be let in to public council meetings

Letter from Bob Neill to local authority leaders: access to meetings pdf

Trying to tell the Judge something? At the same time local councils? I do hope so.

I imagine, the same rules apply to parish council meetings!