UK boss criticises local media

| 15/07/2014

(CNS): Despite being under constant threat from over 500 lawyers ready to sue over the slightest infraction, the UK’s representative in Cayman has criticised the local media as being “wholly unregulated and uncontrolled”. The governor’s office has condemned freedom of the press in the Cayman Islands as it battles to keep the lid on a secret report regarding the UK-led bungled internal police investigation, Operation Tempura. In the latest submissions to the information commissioner about the release of documents regarding the discredited probe, the third governor embroiled in this affair has attacked what she claimed is the “unregulated nature of the media”, which would lead to biased reporting about the issue.

In its fight to keep a report documenting a complaint about the management of the investigation and its rejection by the previous governor, Duncan Taylor, the governor’s office implied that the “unfounded” allegations about the judiciary in the complaint and subsequent report would if released pose a substantial risk to the local bench.

This, the governor claims, is down to the media. Her office said in its submission to the information commissioner that if the documents were released there “is a substantial risk that the coverage of the allegations will not be properly balanced by the findings contained in the lengthy report.”

The governor argued that the treatment in the local media of the complaint and report “would be likely to give public currency to the unmerited allegations they contain rather than to clarify the position or promote greater public understanding of his decision.”

However, there was no support for the allegations, which fly in the face of the moves by local media houses, and CNS in particular, to post in full all documents and reports which come into our possession on our website.

Acting Information Commissioner Jan Liebaers came to the defence of the local media and noted that the claims made by the governor were also irrelevant, as he said the questions of access to a record had nothing to do with how that record might be used in the future.

“This would be a shortcut to censorship, and would contradict the fundamental objectives of the FOI Law,” he stated in his decision. “Either a record is exempt under the Law or it is not, but, in either case, any presumed future use of a record can have no bearing on its disclosure. This principle is stated in section 6(3), which states that an applicant is not required to give any reason for requesting access. In the UK it is known as 'motive blindness'.”

He pointed out that in a democratic society such as Cayman the press has every right to express their views freely, including views critical of government.

“Freedom of Expression is guaranteed in section 11 of the Constitution, and the FOI Law is itself explicitly intended “to reinforce and give further effect to certain fundamental principles underlying the system of constitutional democracy. It is within this democratic context that the present reconsidered decision is being made, and it seems futile to wonder how this case would play out if the media were 'regulated and controlled'.

“No doubt this would reduce the disclosure of information by government considerably, and increase the number of articles in the media favourable to Government, butthat is not the constitutional and statutory framework within which this reconsideration is taking place, and such observations add nothing to the question at hand,” he wrote.

Although Cayman does not have a press complaints commission or a regulated press association, freedom of the press has been controlled in Cayman in much more subtle ways through the threats of litigation and pressure from advertisers.

The fall in revenue for most media houses around the world with the advent of the internet has also put pressures on press freedom. Few news organisations in the modern world can fund the major investigative projects which were more common in the hey-day of the newspaper, when advertising revenue in the US and Europe funded investigative reports.The media is increasingly influenced by big business and governments around the world as a result of financial difficulties, and the press in Cayman is also subject to these censoring pressures, despite the governor’s believe that the media here is a law unto itself.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps she was also referring to the bias of the country's main printed news media, whose headline news in recent years has not even tried to hide its partiality.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Am not understanding something here! What could be in this report that they dont want people to see?

  3. Anonymous says:

    If Governors would pay as much attention to the police dept and their lack of enforcing the laws, especially the increase of daily traffic violations and the fact that the country is missing out on approx $ 1 mil in fines and fees that one would assume should be collected from the daily offenses committed, then Cayman may be a much better place for everyone……….Please, before worrying about the press, worry about the ones that have sworn to serve this country and uphold the law!

  4. Anonymous says:

    CENSORSHIP:

    1) the institution , system, or practice of censoring

    2) the actions or practices of censors; especially: censorial CONTROL excercised REPRESSIVELY

    If you analyze which governments are the most outspoken and negatively influential controllers of the media, they are countries such as North Korea. They seek to control the country's people by blotting out information, which could prevent unfavorable attitudes against the ruling government from forming. The Cayman Islands is a democratic society – as such, the press should not be regulated in relation to which information is relased (unless for an issue regarding for example, what Americans commonly refer to as National Security.)

    Who wants to go online and read government approve articles?! Or even worse, articles which are esentially propaganda? Now I am not saying that this is what would happen. But be cautious about the little things. They can start off as a tiny seed and grow into a very big tree.

    If we as a people allow the media to be silenced, then Cayman will enter a very dark age in its history. We want progression as a people. Not regression. We have the right to know where our money is being spent. YES – OUR MONEY! We have a right to know what the people have done in office, that WE put there. And I use "we" collectively.

    If there was nothing to hide, our elected officals and The Crown would not be worrying about the media.

    • Anonymous says:

      Censorship !   This is bad for the Islands / people / media / takeing the freedom of speach  away  from the media would be a bad DAY if that happens . Reading  the news from the media it sound like  someone is treating the govenoras someone on work permit ,do what  i say or i will fire you .  People of the Cayman island  rise up and stand up for the media because this is just the   start , if you think it is bad now .

  5. Anonymous says:

    if it was about mckeeva bush they would release it in a heart beat!!  What hypocrites.

  6. Pit Bull says:

    Stand firm Governor.  There is no way that the UK should bend to the whims of local pen-pushers.

    • Anon says:

      Oh dear God, Pit Bull has got his boner on again.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are no different from your fore parents of 300 years ago.

    • Nature Spy says:

      Go bathe ya Pit.

    • AndAnother Zting says:

      Wednesday July 16, 2014

      Attn: Mister Simmonds

      FCO

      From: Lady Guv Hellen Kilpatrick- Cayman Islands

      Dear Sir,

       

      this is bulletin is not within our normal reporting time, but it must be sent due to an alarming situation in this our last bastion of deep cover colonialism.

       

      the natives are restless, there. Are rumors of stockpiling of conch shells and well the mangoes are not part of the arsenal due to lack of rain, however I understand they are digging up their secret weapon from underground caves, the code word for this is Mr. hurry", Inwonder if your office could advise soonest as to the potency of this secret arm. In addition, it seems that someone has been raising Mosquitos on the bluff in Cayman and that they are poised for an aerial strike on Grand Cayman should there be any signs of British troops on land. Also sir, there is a huge bleating in west. Bay home of the Leader of the Opposition, it. Is.being said  said that all turtles are being prepared for a preemptive strike on the Governors Mansion on the 7 Mile Beach and somehow they have made a call to nearby turtling locations and they are sending squadrons of thousands of them to Cayman as part of their defense force.

      Sir, I believe we have screwed up royally no pun intended sir. These natives know the lay of the land and have already set breadfruit detonators all around the island so any naval invasion is fraught wth danger, also remember the mosquitoes have recently received a boost by the deadly chinquapin whatever it's called so we are also in peril from that stand point. We do not want this to be an incident that shows we no longer rule the seas sir, therefore I ask you to give me the command to divulge the real Tempura report to save ourselves from a military embarrassment, if we were to dare attempts military invasion.

       

      I await your speedy instructions( wringing of hands)

      Yours spuriously

      • Anonymous says:

        A few points for trying, but while it had the makings of a good idea it suffered from poor execution.  Satire is tricky.  You need to develop a better sense of timing and structure, but with some work you might get there.  The bigger problem is that writing of any type does require decent English language skills and you have a great deal of work to do on that front.  But perservere, stick in at your English grammar classes and who knows, in a few years you might be able to produce good stuff, after you have graduated from High School.

        • Coconutz says:

          You're an idiot!  The piece was very well written – ifyou don't get it, go jump on a trolley and suck on a lollipop…  Also, since we're at it, stop defending the indefensible.  I like Brits and have many as friends – your government however, as many others, stinks to the high heavens!  So get your head out of your a$$, stop being an imbecile, and take a look around you – this has nothing to do with Caymanian vs. Brits but rather with an attempted government cover up.  Don't you think you deserve the truth? 

        • AndAnother Zting says:

          You got the point didn't ya, I also went to Ms. Kippi school idjut.

    • Dr.Do-Little says:

      Of course they won't bend to the media! Not because they are doing anything wrong, but because there is the possibility that they will expose some of the skeletons in the closet of some of those who, as was reported quite recently, that  some parliamentarians and others were involved in things like child abuse etc. But I guess these things don't matter to you!

      You know what they say: "AS A MAN THINKETH"………………………….by James Allen 1902

    • brad.. says:

      You supported the UK's unprecendented British take-over of Turks and Caicos when the Governor was made a dictator because of one man, Misick.  And you even went as far as to support them when they refused the people from voting and ran the civil service of that country to the ground.  So … just curious Pit Bull, seeing your sinister and clever remarks, what do you suggest the FCO do to control our local media???

      • Anonymous says:

        The FCO would be better firing whichever nincompoop thought that was a sensible legal argument.  Did they have summer interns drafting the submissions?

  7. Dogone Bad Gowerment says:

    Uncontrolled and unregulated they must be referring to the FCO's Agenda and her agents and the politicians whom she has under her employ. Thank God we have the unregulated and uncontrolled press to regulated the truth less we the oppressed people be forgotten. 

  8. Sucka Free says:

    Yes bleeding teeth you like this Governor and others are doing OK until the Gestapo come knocking at your door?? Yes that special knock where no trace of you or not a single Word is written about you the only unregulated and uncontrolable people i see around this place is Senior government officials and their lodge minions and those incharge in the UK & FCO who are refusing to stop their abusive & corrupt agenda from harming innocent and common people.

    • Anonymous says:

      No its called "freedom of speech" "freedom of press"  UK believes in burying their head in the sand and not telling anything to anyone…need to know basis in other words "cover up whatever you can"

  9. Whodatis says:

    The last one they said was "cool" and down-to-earth because he refused to be driven chauffer-style.

    This one they said was modern and a fresh of breath air because she was (allegedly) randomly plucked from the private sector for her expertise in financial affairs.

    Some of us rubbished all of the above and remained focused on the simple fact that regardless of personality, all that hold that seat do so with the express instructions and orders of a common, higher power.

    I was unable to vote for either therefore neither is worthy of my respect or regard.

    Nevertheless, thanks to the latest seatwarmer for showing the country her true colors … or should that be "colours"? Do excuse me mi' lady.

    Disgraceful.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The proper administration of terrritories requires the reports such as this can be prepared without the interference of busy-body publicity requests.  The Governor must use all means available to ensure that neither version of the report enteres the public domain

  11. Slowpoke says:

    I have met and spent time with the Governor informally, and I think that these are "talking points"  that she has been instructed to share, and are not necessarily her personal opinions.

    As usual, I could be very wrong.

    • Anonymous says:

      I'm sorry, is there a particular reason why we should care what the Governors quietly whispered thoughts of her personal views are if she is not prepared to stand behind them and state them to the public?  Why and how are her personal views relevant, other than to say she may be speaking with a forked tongue (being niether loyal to us or to the FCO, which is a bad place to be).  Perhaps she should take a page our of Mr Suckoo's book and stand up for her own convictions or be a good servant to Her Majesty, deliver the message as a messenger should and stopy stabbing her employer in the back!

      • Slowpoke says:

        "Governors quietly whispered thoughts of her personal views", sounds very exciting but, my wife who was there, takes exception to your comment. :>)))

  12. We must stand as One says:

    "We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard."- Voltaire

  13. Right Said Winston says:

    You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of

    their soldiers and the truncheons of their police.

    Yet in their hearts there is unspoken – unspeakable! – fear.

    They are afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them.

    A little mouse – a little tiny mouse! – of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic. ~ Sir Winston Churchill

  14. UHUHUH says:

    People ! let us not be too harsh on Her Excellency the Governor, because her ability to do anything while here in office, is limited to whatever directives she gets from the FCO. If it were a case where "she" had an option in the matter [and still be able to remain as governor]  I'd venture to say she would more than likely be balanced in her decisions! Remember she like all politicians who take office, have sworn [with one hand on the bible] to uphold the law according to the wishes of those in Great Britain, and not the wishes of  Caymanians  who have a legitimate right to the truth about what transpired in that fiasco called Operation Tempura! But as demonstrated so many times in the past we're treated like mushrooms and fed B…ll S…t. So don't expect that we will be given the truth any-time soon about Tempura.

    We should never become disillusioned in thinking that those in Great Britain gives a damn about us, other than when we are capitulating to their every wish and directive. Otherwise! We are treated no better than indentured servants! Let us "never" ever think, that Great Britain wants us to remain a prosperous little island for the benefit of those we refer to as Caymanians. UH, UH! They are hoping that we will screw up like the Turks & Cacos  Islands so that they will have, what they will refer to, as a legitimate reason to come in and take-over!

    There's and old joke that goes back to the eighteenth century, where two old English Barons were discussing the behavior of slaves. One of them was visiting [for the first time] the other who was a slave owner in the Caribbean. As they sat discussing life in the tropics, the visiting gentleman asked about the behavior of the other's slaves, to which his friend replied: Well! They are hard workers, and for the most part we have no trouble with them! But we must keep the men and women apart or they will be having sex all the time! To which his friend replied! You mean"they" do that too? Ooooh Yes! Replied his friend!

    By George the other says! They should never be allowed to do that!

    "IT'S TOO GOOD FOR THEM!"

    And that's pretty much how Great Britain feels about us!

    • Tis true says:

      Hear Hear! These are FCO words grasping at straws to blame the media for their failed witch hunt.  Sorry, but I LIKE this lady Guv and am sorry she is saying placed words.  Ugh! Just admit it FCO, you thought you had another Turks and Caicos and royally screwed up (no pun intended) take your watergate licks and man up to your monumental mistakes- and do t blame freedom of the press- that is just rubbish.

  15. Bath of Truth says:

    This Governor is seriously out of touch with reality. People are waking up by the day and questioning things that they want legitimate answers to. Gone are the days when these despots can say something and we all fawn before them. Lady, you have yet to have your moment in the sun. Just wait until you push the gay marriage agenda, which is what you were sent to do. You are about to find out how feisty us Caribbean folk can be.

  16. Just Sayin' says:

    Incompetent would be a more accurate description.

  17. Bleeding-Teeth says:

    I absolutely agree with the Governor's Office.

    The Press and Media spout-out topical buzz-words such as transparency and accountability but they are only interested in one thing: peddling bad news.

    The rest of the public that do not deal with the Press and media directly but instead simply wait to read and listen to their work, can be forgiven for believing that the media and press is an objective group. Those of us that deal with that bunch know otherwise.

    If the Press and Media believe in transparency and accountabilty, then why object to rules being established that decides what happens when responsible reporting isn't followed.

    Public, ask the Press and Media to disclose who their owners are, and see if there is a response. If there is a response it will be that they are private companies and their owners are entitled to privacy etc. The owners of the Press and media will influence the reporting.

    What is my message? My message is, for the Press and media making a Dollar is king and everything else is secondary.

    CNS; Cayman News Service is owned by Nicky Watson and Wendy Ledger.

    • Anonymous says:

      IF CNS printed half the comments that they receive, they would be sued in a heartbeat. If anything, the press is holding back. This is probably why the government and its acolytes are as corrupt as hell itself.

      The Governor's office is nothing but a sham.

    • Dr.Do-Little says:

      Please, please! Get to the emergency room asap, it's not your teeth that's bleeding, you're having a brain hemorrhage.

    • Anonymous says:

      And your point is?

       

  18. Anonymous says:

    I totally agree with the Governor. It is about time someone speaks up for our country or else the medial will totally destroy what is left of it.

    Prospective investors are reading the mess that the press has to say about everything and everyone that they can write about. It is very shameful and some people are not aware that this is what is destroying our tourism and financial industry.

    Please Hon. Premier, don’t just say, but do something to protect the Cayman Islands.

    I am in awe of what the media is doing to the country.

    What about all the positive things that are happening in our Islands, a big group of our students are doing well and this is there future that we are messing with.

    May God help us to see and understand that we do not want to encourage all the negativity but focus on the good things that are happening.

     

     

     

    • Nature Spy says:

      You totally. Agree with what? That the Monarch is inhibiting our freedom to know the details of a botched and incredulously expensive investigation paid by who, not the Crown but the Cayman Islands. Whoever you are, understand this we were once a sleepy little fishing villsge with a lot of fishing people, but, we are not that anymore. We have been masters of the Seas. Working swith the best of the best. Today we working along with the best of the best in the financial services industry not necessarily shoulder to shoulder but we through strong perseverance will control this industry ensuring equity and ownership and our sovereign destiny one day. That we allow the press to make its statements as caustic as they make it from time to time shows that we understand the basic tenets of freedom of expression, freedom of the press. We will not ,however, tolerate the suppression of information and the veiled threats by the UK representative who in all of our history has never generally been supportive of us financially, c (remember Ivan) compete against us and when they did and/or do provide some help it was in a meager fashion and obviously with their empirical conditions. 

      Community leaders, Preachers, citizens All, I implore you all to start the conversation in full force of how and when we are going to control our destiny,. While there are many ingredients to achieve this goal and hurdles to conquer to achieve this ultimate goal, but, it is evident that more and more those who we pay abeyance to are our own worse enemies, they and those who thrive on the symbolism that the Crown represents do not and will not allow us to be free unless we act in a solidified unified manner to give our future citizens the right to self.

      God Bless these Cayman Islands.

       

  19. Kato says:

    Sir William Wallace once said give us FREEDOM! 

  20. Anonymousl says:

    this is simple people she is one of them , and when i say one of them i mean British higher ups whose side do you think she is on , how dare this little rock stink up the mother country with this tempura crap ? flush it once and for all that,s the attitude shown here

  21. Anonymous says:

    Shame on the Governors office…and others involved in this cover up!

    Cheers to the ICO.

    Gov; remember" transparency? accountability? Good Governance?

    Or are such phrases just for sound bites?

  22. Anonymous says:

    It seems ludicrous that people not be allowed to see what they are paying for!

    To expend millions of dallars of public money and then withhold that iinformation from us 
    is absolutely distasteful.

    Please give us access to the information that we paid for, without further deliberation,  regardless of who may be exposed.
     

     

  23. Anonymous says:

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/14/gchq-tools-manipulate-online-information-leak

    Every day I feel more and more uncomfortable being attached to these guys.

  24. Anonymous says:

    They're not treating you any worse than they treat their own.

  25. Gut Check says:

    Media SHOULD be 'wholly unregulated and uncontrolled.'    That is the stance that media should take and I'm glad that our media has endeavoured to do so.     Imagine the heartache of a 'controlled' media.    These posts would be filled with state-supported pap.    Horrors beyond nightmares.    The media needs to be free to pursue whatever investigations they see fit.   The media is the balance.    Let it never be otherwise.   

  26. John Evans says:

    Frankly, when I read this in the copy of Jab Liebaers ruling the ICO sent me last week I really was ROTFLMAO because it's the daftest thing the Governor's Office could ever have written.

    What they are really expressing is frustration that the Cayman Islands doesn't have an equivalent of the UK's 'D' notice process to kill off this story. In simple terms it's OK for the media to run pictures of Helen Kilpatrick doing the social round and smiling for the cameras but she doesn't want her predecessor's dirty underwear (Tempura skid marks and all) paraded in public.

    What will it do to to the Islands' credibility for openness and transparency? Who knows but one thing is certain – releasing the Aina report as I requested over two years ago would have been far less embarassing than this diplomatic faux pas.

  27. Anonymous says:

    So who exactly does she want to "regulate" and "control" the media and how exactly do you reconcile that with the concept of freedom of speech. We haven't heard much from this "H.E.", but I can't help but think she has put her foot in it this time. I can't wait to see the comments on this one. 

      

    • Anonymous says:

      Let us appoint McKeeva as the media regulator and controller.

       

      What a thought.

  28. Anonymous says:

    People we need to get ready for independence. We dont want to do anything rash but  the time will come when the people will say enough is enough. It may not be this issue but it will happen. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree that it will eventually happen.

       

      I also predict that the Cayman dollar will drop to two cents against the American dollar.

    • Anonymous says:

      I will take the UK any day over Mac and his goons with no oversight. If that happens we can all kiss the good ship Cayman goodbye. We will go the way Jamaica did and your $150,000 home will be worthless before the Governor's plane  reaches the UK.  Anyone pushing to get rid of UK oversight and protection is either a fool or a crook. Plenty of  both here I am afraid.

    • Anonymous says:

      I say tonight that "ENOUGH is ENOUGH"; it's time to fight for our freedom.

    • Foolish egotistical neophyte thought! says:

      What a neophyte!  Please research all other BOTs that thought Independence was a better option and come back after you do your homework and reach reality.  

      Mackeeva is that YOU again? You keep wanting you own little greedy country and nothing – nothing- nothing could be worse than independence – say goodbye to finance and tourism and hello banana republic.

      please seek help for such immature thoughts..

  29. Nature Spy says:

    Oh so, the media is uncontrollable when it does not suit her Majesty, but it is it's darling when they want to abrogate our rights of freedom of information and when they want to take down politicians. It has been said before and it needs to be said again, Give me Freedom and Give me Liberty from the anachronism called "The Crown". Caymanians wake up.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh Lord, yes.  Are my people finally awakening? Thank you God!  I would rather die with my dignity than be pooped upon by these enslavers.

  30. Anonymous says:

    If this report had been released in a timely manner, we would have been well past this by now. Please release it in fulland let us draw our own conclusions.

  31. Anonymous says:

    and she'd be absolutely right, I have never seen such bias in the press as I have here. Scaremongering and antagonising – the Daily Mail all over!

    I will be pleasantly surprised if this comment gets posted lol

  32. Just Commentin' says:

    The Governor's Office has made a good point in alluding to the dangers posed by the  “unregulated nature of the media”  There are many top level government leaders in modern history that would wholly agree regarding the issue of controlling the unruly press and who would hail the notion that the unregulated nature of the media in the Cayman Islands is absolutely a danger and can severely impede government's ability to carry out their objectives.

    Modern history has a large cadre of leaders who knew all-to-well the dangers that a free press posed to their glorious aspirations and their governments' objectives. The following leaders and  their governments would stand solidly behind the idea of throttling the press:

    Saddam Hussein

    Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir

    Robert Mugabe

    Kim Il-sung

    Adolf Hitler    

    Fidel Castro

    Manuel Noriega

    Suharto

    Nikita Khrushchev

    Josip Broz Tito

    Yuan Shikai

    Hugo Chávez

    Vladimir Lenin

    Anastasio Somoza Garcia

    Leonid Brezhnev

    Benito Mussolini

    Mao Zedong

    Jean-Claude Duvalier

    Joseph Stalin

    Ho Chi Minh

    Bashar al-Assad

    Kim Jong-il

    Pol Pot

    Muhammed Omar

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    Rafael Trujillo

    Kim Jong-un

    Ruhollah Khomeini

    Hastings Kamuzu Banda

    Had the press been allowed continued freedom under their rule, their countries would have been deprived of these noble men being able to lead their country as they saw fit. Imagine the consequences!

    Ooops! I almost left out one of the illustrious leaders who soberly warned of the dangers of a free press: he a leader that is close to our hearts, so the list would not be complete without his name being on it: Makeeva  Bush.  My apology for putting him last on the list. Due to his anti-press tirades and many attempts at  throttling the press he deserves higher standing on the list.

    Now I am pondering if I am remiss in not including The Governor's Office on the list?

    (Readers: What say ye?)

    We must soberly attend to the warning proclaimed by the Governor's Office and must take steps to subjugate the press before it is too late!

    If we fail to heed the lessons taught by the legacy of these brave and illustrious leaders whose governments' marvelous successes depended in part on strictly controlling the press; and if we continue to allow the press the unfettered freedom to expose corruption, deception and ill-conceived schemes; and if we insist on allowing the press to oppose poor governance in all its forms; and if we do not come down hard on this silly idea of a free press acting in opposition to government's aspiration for wonderful and absolute power and control of  information and our thoughts; and if we insist on allowing the insidious tenets of freedom and democracy to be our compass and to spread; and if we do not vigourously throttle and demolish those who would practice or promote the exercise of free speech, we the people of the Cayman islands will risk loosing the opportunity to be brought to the dawning of the wonderful and amazing utopian society foretold by George Orwell in his book 1984. I ask you this today: Who would want to take the risk of not being under Big Brother's marvelous and glorious reign?  

    Yes! We must agree with the great leaders of history listed above and the Governor's Office and we must throttle the press!

    Hail Chávez!   Heil Hitler!  Viva Raul!   Exalt Kim Jong!  Go deh, Makeeva!  Long live the Governor's Office!

  33. Anonymous says:

    And how is the British government any more transparent than the Cayman one???  For those who consistently deride Whodatis for his "ramblings" (some of which truly are ramblings), I would consider this before giving his comments a thumbs down…  Chalk one up for Whodatis!  This argument that the media is somehow incapable of properly reporting on the matter is utterly unfounded and ridiculous.  Shame!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Each time this refusal by the Governor to release this information on Tempura my curiosity as what could possible be in these reports that they do not want us to see.

  35. Anonymous says:

    The Cayman local media houses need to mature a bit more – this is not new but has existed for decades. They dont have anything bad to report about rich, private citizens in Cayman – only the poor or goverment feel the cutting end of their whips. If the Government tries to retaliate against any story they spew, they start shouting "CENSORSHIP!"

    The Cayman media houses love to splash and wave the banner saying "Freedom of the Press", but they are hardly respectful of other people's rights in this country, especially when it comes to private or personal matters. In their rush to make headlines for the next morning, the newspaper and online news sites most often show little regard to the rights or feelings of the subjects of their stories, and rarely apologize to such persons, once again claiming this "freedom of the Press".

    If CNS has the freedom to print/post what they want about people, whether true or speculative, then surely people have the same freedom to do so about the writers and owners of CNS.

    Would you agree?

  36. Anonymous says:

    Our Governor calls our local media, "Wholly unregulated and uncontrolled". Thank God for those words  because they are the definition of "FREEDOM".

    Governments that seek to control the media are not interested in true democracy. The media is the primary vehicle for citizens to keep their governments in check. It is government that should ALWAYS be regulated and controlled. When the government is out of control, thing that lead to Operation Tempura happen.

     

     

     

  37. Knot S Smart says:

    Before reading this I will first take a few grains of salt… Naaah..

    I will just go buy a bottle of Philips Milk of Magnesia…