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Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne

In all the debating about Jimmy Savile and what he may have done in the past, there are aspects of the link to the current day that are being ignored.

Of course there needs to be an investigation into what the BBC tolerated on BBC premises. There is also the need for a proper review of what happened at Haut de la Garenne and the allegations of abuse cruises off Jersey.

However, it should be noted that (only last year) the UKBA banned a journalist (Leah McGrath Goodman) from the UK and Jersey who wished to investigate and report on what happened at Haut de la Garenne. She still does not have a visa to allow her into Jersey.

The first thing to do, therefore, is to allow Leah McGrath Goodman into the country. I am surprised that the journalistic profession has been so unconcerned about the banning of a journalist from the UK.

Comments

Mr. Hemming.

When it comes to the Haut de la Garenne Child Abuse in Jersey our entire media need putting under the spotlight and not least the BBC

This is why we need "independent" journalists such as Lea McGrath Goodman to get the "facts" out to a wider audience.
Tom Perry said…
Reporting of the Jersey child abuse scandal by the BBC suggests that the publicly funded national broadcaster has been captured by the States of Jersey. The commercial broadcasters and the (single) print media have a symbiotic relationship with the Jersey Government which is devastatingly unhealthy for the Islanders and particularly those who were abused as children.

Jersey is an example of a 'closed' community, just like a prep school scaled up. It has no interest in admitting failures, child abuse is has been concealed, and the school magazine and media is controlled. The thought of an external journalist being permitted to give an unpleasant and reputation damaging story long overdue airing via external and uncontrollable media is an anathema.

In passing Mr Hemming, did anything useful emerge from your trailed (on BBC radio Jersey ) meeting at the Lib Dem conference with Senator Bailhache? I seem to recall he inferred you had blaggarded (at 06.15 on the time bar) Jersey as a result of your 'extravagantly hostile allegations.'
Jake Maverick said…
I'm not even remotedly surprised.

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