Most don’t want press censored

More than 93 per cent of the 523
respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll believe the government
should either never censor the independent press, or only do so if reporting
could hurt national security.

The largest segment of respondents
– 385 people or 73 per cent – responded to the question ‘Do you think the
government should ever be able to censor the independent press’ by answering:
‘No, never’.

“Government
can’t even regulate themselves,” said one person.  “Would you trust them with the media?”

“Not
only should government not censor the independent press, it should be informing
them as much as possible to keep the appearance, at the very least, of
transparency and good governance,” said someone else.

“If
we allow the government to censor the press under any circumstance, we would be
waiving the people’s constitutional right to have their voices be heard,” said
another person. “However there are some media houses that are famous for slandering
and defaming innocent individuals and they have carelessly and recklessly
allowed devious contributors to their forums to slander and defame others. This
should not be allowed. Defamation of character and slandering should not only
be censored, but also prosecuted.”

Another
104 respondents (20 per cent) thought the government should be able to censor
the press, but only if it could hurt national security.

“Censorship
in any democracy should be a serious cause for concern with limited exception
of national security, but I would be reluctant to put this in the hands of any
government and should be the Governor’s purview,” said one respondent. “However,
with the proliferation in media entities, bloggers, Internet-based discussion
boards and tabloid journalism, the public deserves, like any other advanced
jurisdiction, a media complaints body to investigate reports of abuses by the
media, including those seen on discussion boards that are slanderous, libelous
and ethically insensitive under the veil of anonymity.”

Fifteen
people (2.8 per cent) said the government should censor the media, but only if
reporting could hurt the economy.

Seven
people (1.3 per cent) said the government should censor the media because it knew
best.

“There
has to be some sort of control in order to protect the image and security of
the country,” said one respondent.

“Yes,
if reporting is irresponsible and could be detrimental to the country in any
way,” said someone else.

Four
people (less than one person) said possible censorship by the government
depended on which press.

Eight
people (1.5 per cent) responded ‘other’ to the question.

Next
Week’s Poll Question:

How
does your recent attendance to various social/art/charity events in Cayman compare
to previous years?

I attend more than I used to

I attend just as many now as I used
to

I attend somewhat fewer than I used
to

I attend much fewer than I used do

I hardly attend any events anymore

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More than 93 per cent of the 523 respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll believe the gov-ernment should either never censor the independent media, or only do so if reporting could hurt national security.

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