Wednesday, 3 April 2013
THANET CORRUPTION MEETING NOW ON FILM
A film has been made of the Corruption Question Time meeting held in Broadstairs recently.
In the packed meeting a number of speakers called for an end to a culture of secrecy in Thanet council.
One of the speakers was citizen journalist Louise Oldfield from Margate, who came to fame recently for tweeting daily reports of the court case involving ex-Thanet council leader Sandy Ezekiel.
She claimed that it is perfectly legal to film council meetings and that people should be ready to do it.
In the council chamber there is a sign which says no filming, no recording of meetings. But that sign is wrong. Tweeting or recording public meetings is perfectly legal, she said.
On the film she encourages people to record council meetings
It is not renegade behaviour to get your phone out and film a meeting and you can do it.
Independent councillor Ian Driver, who was also at the meeting, said that the only way of dealing with corruption in local government was for people like himself to be prepared to leak confidential documents.
Leak, leak and leak again, I say, Mr Driver said, And Im going to continue doing that.
One of the meetings organisers, Christine Tongue, said the event was so successful, more will be mounted in the future. She said: There is obviously a great need for this kind of gathering. We hope more of Thanets politicians and other figures will be happy to take part in the future.
Edited highlights of the Corruption Question Time meeting film are available on Youtube. The whole film is available on DVD at a charge of £10.
For more details contact the Independent Media Society on 01843 604 253, MOB 07989 070843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.