In the hullabaloo about whether the Cayman Islands attorney general’s office would choose to prosecute this newspaper and one of its reporters over…well, we’re still really not sure what….we at the Caymanian Compass feel the salient point of this entire issue has been missed.
Perhaps that was the point of said hullabaloo after all?
No one in the Legislative Assembly, no matter how they voted on the ‘motion to prosecute’, has stood up and said whether they wish to hold subcommittee and select committee meetings on the review of the Freedom of Information Law in public or in private.
It may be that members wish to hold these meetings behind closed doors. If such is their decision, then they should let the public know that and be done with it.
Yet to date – even after talk of ‘prosecution’ has come and gone – there is still no answer.
Maybe we should turn to the local press to try and sort out this issue. Only they are nowhere to be found.
Not one reporter – other than those employed by the Compass – has chosen to pursue what is the real substance of this debate. They have instead chosen to issue confused accounts of what occurred in the Legislative Assembly on 9 December or have attempted to curry favour with the member from North Side – rather than doing their jobs and holding elected members of this country to account.
Oh well, the members of the local media can be pardoned for their fear or apathy.
But what this newspaper should never hear from these media sectors – some who often prattle on about being ‘defenders of free speech’ and reporting ‘without fear or favour’ – is that the Caymanian Compass is a soft publication which refuses to stand up for free speech and democracy.
When the chips were down; when it really mattered, the Compass was the only media source to stand up and fight.
We hope our readers will now judge us by our actions – not the words of others.