11 September 2012

Help Investigative Journalist return to Britain and Jersey


'Today is not a day to focus on right-wing versus left-wing politics, but the difference between right and wrong. When a democratic government abuses its substantial legal, legislative and financial powers to crack down on journalists’ freedom of speech, force policemen and elected officials from their jobs and systemically dismantle its own checks and balances so as to deny each of its targets due process, clearly it is a government that has lost its way.'

BELOW IS A GUEST POSTING IN SUPPORT OF THE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST, LEAH MCGRATH GOODMAN. SHE WAS STOPPED FROM COMING TO THE ISLAND TO CARRY OUT RESEARCH INTO CHILD ABUSE. 

Please read on, share this page and sign this petition (ten seconds). The Internet is the one thing Jersey authorities have not been able to lock down.....yet! The petition can be signed HERE 

Today, an e-petition was launched on Change.org in support of allowing the U.S. investigative journalist and author, Leah McGrath Goodman, to return to Jersey to continue her research into decades of child abuse at Jersey’s state-run “care” homes and allegations of cover-ups in the wake of the government’s removal of the Chief of Police and shut-down of the entire investigation.

One year ago today, Ms. Goodman was banned from the UK and Jersey for two years after revealing to the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service during a voluntary meeting that she was writing a book on atrocities against children at Haut de la Garenne. According to the UK Border Force, she was flagged by Jersey Immigration authorities for removal upon her next border crossing – and that is exactly what happened. 

After the intervention of UK Member of Parliament John Hemming, the ban was reduced to one year and it expires today, 11 September 2012. That said, the UK and Jersey have so far declined to restore Ms. Goodman’s visa or allow her cross the border to continue her research. In order to do so safely, she will need to have her Tier -1 visa status fully restored – hence, the reason for this  e-petition today.

Leah McGrath Goodman should be permitted to complete her work in order that there is an accurate record based on the available facts and evidence. Jersey needs to confront the failings of its past so it can redress them and, most of all, ensure the safety of our children’s future.

We ask readers who care about the island’s children, who care about the island’s reputation, who believe in a free press and who want the truth to be told to sign the e-petition. We also ask fellow bloggers to copy and paste this blog onto their own Web sites so that we may show the world that Jersey wants the best for its future and its children. 

It is time to leave our island’s culture of secrecy behind and demand the kind of free and open society our island deserves. Those who would do otherwise are not representative of the majority of islanders.

9 comments:

  1. Hi Deputy.


    Keep up your good work. I just put up some questions from yesterdays States Meeting, you & your Reader's can Listen HERE

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  2. See Leah on the Max Keiser show

    http://jerseylibertarian.blogspot.com/2012/09/max-keiser-on-jersey-with-guest-leah.html

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  3. Montfort.

    The petition has just breached its 1,000th signatories THANK YOU and please keep spreading the word #FreeJersey

    PETITION

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  4. You are becoming a real asset to Jersey Deputy Tadier. I have listened to internet recordings of you on the attack trying to get answers, if only the other members in the states took on the difficult job of asking the awkward questions, then Jersey would be a better place.

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