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Media blocked from livestreaming, video recording public meeting @ ESHS tent

The first in a series of public meetings to discuss the already ‘done deal’ ‘Framework for Implementation of the Recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report and Other Reforms’ began today, Monday, June 20, 2022, at the Elmore Stoutt High School Tent; however, the local media has been prevented from livestreaming or video recording the event. Photo: Internet Source
Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Carolyn E. Stoutt-Igwe has said the reason for the media being prevented from recording the meetings or livestreaming is that members of the public expressed discomfort with 'so many cameras around them.' Photo: GIS/File
Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Carolyn E. Stoutt-Igwe has said the reason for the media being prevented from recording the meetings or livestreaming is that members of the public expressed discomfort with 'so many cameras around them.' Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The first in a series of public meetings to discuss the already ‘done deal’ ‘Framework for Implementation of the Recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report and Other Reforms’ began today, Monday, June 20, 2022, at the Elmore Stoutt High School Tent.

Persons who may have been hoping to join virtually; however, would be unable to do so as the media has been prevented from live-streaming and video recording the event.

Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Carolyn E. Stoutt-Igwe said the reason for that is that members of the public expressed discomfort with “so many cameras around them.”

Stoutt-Igwe noted; however, that the Premier’s Office will be taking notes “as we move from meeting to meeting to make sure that we capture your comments and that we can address them as we move along.”

‘Done deal’

Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), who has chastised the media for reporting on the proposal on the implementation of the CoI recommendations to the UK ahead of its release to the public, has faced harsh criticisms for submitting a final proposal ahead of public consultations; however, he encouraged members of the public to familiarise themselves with the framework prior to the meetings.

Meanwhile, other scheduled dates for public meeting include Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at The Watch House from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and then on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at the Enid Scatliffe Pre-Primary School, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

20 Responses to “Media blocked from livestreaming, video recording public meeting @ ESHS tent”

  • pat (20/06/2022, 19:11) Like (30) Dislike (7) Reply
    We need the house dessolved
  • asking for a friend (20/06/2022, 19:24) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    So showda does not like the media?
    • too nosy (21/06/2022, 07:41) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      @asking for a friend - go tell ya friends them too nosy! let them drink water and mind their business!!! Ain’t everything needs to be opened up. That’s our issue around here. Government or not, tax money or not something’s so be done without the distraction of certain people especially like your friend.
  • ASPS (20/06/2022, 19:33) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    was closed according to a VINO news article earlier today. So why is a meeting scheduled there on Wed. 22 June?
    • J (21/06/2022, 06:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      The meeting is being held at Enid Scatliffe School not Althea Scatliffe.
    • @ASPS (21/06/2022, 18:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is proof that you blogging for the sake of blogging and you donot even understand what is going on. A set of empty vessels making a pile of noise.
  • Soon out (20/06/2022, 20:16) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Enjoy while it last cause we voting you out district 7
    The funnest moment ever !
    You wont have a seat .you do anything to be a premier selfish
  • Different (20/06/2022, 21:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Enid Scatliffe on Wednesday
  • What you want (20/06/2022, 21:17) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all demanded to meet FACE TO FACE
  • E. Leonard (20/06/2022, 21:26) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Buddha: “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” The agreement between the VI and UK is a done deal and information being discussed is now public knowledge, so seemingly there is nothing to hide. Moreover, in the public sector, the media has two primary roles, ie, gatekeeper, ie, conveys info to the public, and watchdog, ie, sheds light on problems. Criticism aside, a public entity must work with the media. A free press is a vital element of democracy. And even a perceived adversarial relationship with the media, can result in media going from covering or even criticizing to attacking a public entity. To the maximum extent practical and possible, the media should be facilitated; it is in the public interest and is good governance.
    • RealPol (21/06/2022, 09:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ed, real talk. This is a pearl of wisdom (your phrase that you used elsewhere) for all elected and non-elected officials in their working relations with the press, the media. Here is a news flash. The media is not your friend. Sometimes it will big you up and other times it will beat you up. Public sector officials must be skilled in navigating the media sphere. Learn how to roll with the punches. Public officials have their position and the media their’s.
    • Media Friend (21/06/2022, 12:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Leonard is saying what the media wants to say publicly but afraid to say, living in a fish bowl. The public depend on the media to rumble through the noise and bring the public the facts. Let’s imagine a community without the media, ie, print, electronic, television, radio, etc.
  • Tell us (20/06/2022, 21:28) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wait, is this "media censorship?" If it's a "public meeting" then everything should be recorded. Not everyone will come but they will look @ streaming. Allyo can't be serious and you want 'public participation?' Did the UK authorize this too?
  • Set cowards (20/06/2022, 22:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    maybe some have ting to say and coward the governor might identify them as being against the UK but forgot the whole Commission of inquiry was started because some of us kept running up government hill
  • Dorian Gray (21/06/2022, 03:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The HOA need to pop up to their attics and have a look at their own portraits.
  • Hmm (21/06/2022, 05:27) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    No exactly transparent, is it?
  • @ E LEONARD (21/06/2022, 07:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NOW THIS YOUR TRUE SELF ???? WELL PUT TOGETHER ???? AND NUFF RESPECT TO THE HISTORIAN , KEEP IT REAL BRO ???? ????
  • BOTTOM LINE (21/06/2022, 09:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    They dont want the UK to hear what they are saying
  • update (21/06/2022, 14:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tsk tsk ..not wanting to be transparent and open to the public ,a criticism of the Gov by the COI.
    It continues.


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