Editorial: Be forthcoming

 No one who has lived in the Cayman Islands for the past few years could really express surprise that Auditor General Dan Duguay didn’t have his contract renewed.
   He was instrumental in airing too much of government’s dirty laundry to the public.
   And because of his actions, we all know a little bit more about how our country is run and about how our economy got into the state it is in.
   Administration after administration has campaigned on the promise of transparency in government, but when a government official such as Duguay practices some of that transparency, he is putting his job and tenure in these Islands in jeopardy.
   It was bad enough that Duguay had to go through the interview process in hopes of keeping his job, but it’s even worse that his hard work over the last six years wasn’t even considered to be ‘good enough’.
   We have to believe that Duguay’s ouster was, in part, because of his relationship with the media in the Cayman Islands.
   In fact during his interview he was asked how much he thought auditors general should speak with the press.
   Duguay has a reputation of speaking freely to this media house and others in the Islands.
   With the dismissal of   Duguay we can be led to believe that the next auditor general won’t be as forthcoming with us or other journalists in Cayman.
   And that’s a shame, because in the end it is the voting public and the population in general that loses out.
   It is the job of the media to keep the public informed through factual and accurate information. In most instances the media has more contact with senior civil servants and elected officials and act as the conduit by which information is disseminated from those officials to the public.
   The Cayman Islands Civil Service and sectors of government have operated too long under the veil of secrecy.
   The Auditor General’s office should be promoting accountability and transparency; not hiding the truth from the residents of the Cayman Islands.
   It is the sincere hope of the Observer on Sunday that the next auditor general is also forthcoming with the media.
   We cannot live in a true democracy without knowing what our government leaders are doing and how their actions are affecting our everyday lives.
   We’re not asking for delicate state secrets or information that would jeopardise the country’s security. But the public should be aware of government’s workings.

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