JERSEY'S MAIN STREAM MEDIA
WHAT IS GOING ON?
After the outrageous reporting by CTV on Home Affairs Scrutiny Panels Review into the BDO Alto Report into the Financial Management of the Historic Child Abuse Investigation that even left the Chief Executive of Home Affairs sick to the pit of his stomach surly it is now time for a full Root & Branch Enquiry into the workings of our Media and their relationship with the Jersey Hierarchy.
The JEP, CTV and BBC Jersey have been hell bent on playing down the 'HCAE' and misleading the public. They have concentrated on the spinning of Finances - giving the public the false impression that Power/ Harper spent 7.5 million on curries and duty frees when the real fact is they spent less that half of that. We must not forget that Lenny Harper was dealing with a major crime scene the likes of that has never been seen before in Jersey.
If the MSM want to do some real investigative work on where the monies went during the 'HCAE' they need to look no further than the Scrutiny Review that is currently being undertaken by the Home Affairs Scrutiny Panel Sub Panel. All they need to do is read the Submissions & Transcripts that can be found here.
The current level of reporting has led to condemnation across the board. This reporting should not be allowed to go on unchecked.
I have struggled to find any coverage from our 'MSM' where that have praised Graham Power, Lenny Harper & His Team for smashing the veil of secrecy and bringing into the open the decades long abuse of children in the Jersey Care System, not even a single question as to why or how it was allowed to take place for so long without anyone raising concerns.
Is it just coincidence that they have failed to report the alleged leaking of a confidential police email to a National Journalist who is a known supporter of convicted paedophiles by a former Assistant Heath Minister during a live investigation. This has been documented in two Sworn Affidavits and given as evidence by two witnesses during the ongoing Scrutiny Review.
Is it just coincidence that they have failed to report the alleged leaking of confidential material to the same National Journalist and known supporter of convicted paedophiles by the former Senior Investigating Officer Mick Gradwell. This is such a serious allegation. Just think about what this former SIO is alleged to have done. This again was done during a live investigation and the MEDIA REPORT NOTHING.
Police Consultant Mike Kellett for BDO Alto said under oath to the scrutiny review that he had phoned Mick Gradwell and asked him why he had done it and that he had found Gradwell's behaviour abhorrent. Do not underestimate the seriousness of Gradwell's actions. Here is Lenny Harper talking about the non reporting of this most serious of issues.
Go to the 6min 10 secs
We really must look at these issues as they go to the heart of everything that is happening in Jersey.
Team Voice have been blogging extensively on these issues as can be read here
The Scrutiny Sub Panel has also written a letter of complaint to CTV regarding their shambolic reporting which can be read here http://thebaldtruthjersey.blogspot.com/2011/08/facts-fiction-little-bit-of-irony.html
I will finish on a complaint sent from Lenny Harper to Ofcom about CTV
I think it's safe to say that it's not only Oscar Puffin who has a hand firmly placed up his backside and told to repeat exactly what his master says.
OFCOM COMPLAINT – 1ST SEPTEMBER 2011
I was the Senior Investigator of the Historic Abuse Enquiry in Jersey until I retired in 2008. Since then CTV have misled the public about a number of aspects of the enquiry, among them (but not confined to) telling the public that I was responsible for an overspend of £7.5m when in fact there was no budget ever set despite us trying to get one, and ignoring the publicly stated fact that over 50% of the cost was incurred after my retirement when there was no crime scene to pay for. They also criticised me for flying two officers first class to Australia but failed to mention the flights were authorised at the highest level of government and this was publicly known. CTV quoted widely from an audit by a local accountancy firm who never even interviewed me. A Parliamentary Scrutiny Panel has been established to examine the circumstances of the audit and have already found "much to disturb them" in the way it was set up. The Chairman of the Panel was interviewed in this programme which once again gave the impression of wrongdoing by me, despite knowing the facts, and several times spoke of the 'overspend' of £7.5m without ever revealing that I was responsible for less than 50% of this even with a major crime scene. They again referred to the Australia flights despite the knowledge of their legitimacy and cost effectiveness. A report to the govt. in respect of these is available but ignored. The Panel Chairman has just published a letter to CTV in which he criticises the inaccurate, unfair, and one sided nature of their coverage. I have also set them straight on the facts on a number of occasions but this programme ignored all of this. The programme also criticised "personal expenses" and stated the £7.5m was incurred dining in 'mitchelin' starred restaurants without attempting to clarify that the relatively small amounts were actually part of an officially approved Hospitality Budget and ignoring the information in the audit that the amount spent on trips where this was utilised was almost the same as that of my counterpart in a small English force with no major enquiry and no need to cross the channel to meet with colleagues. The difference was less than one return flight from Jersey to UK a month. Here are some quotes from the letter of the Panel Chairman: "The programme chose once again to highlight aspects of alleged overspending by the Police and in particular Mr. Harper during the Historic Child Abuse Enquiry, referring to Michelin-starred restaurants, 4-star hotels, first class flights to London and Australia, the costs of the dog handler and police overtime.
The CTV commentary used the figure of £7.5 million twice, unqualified in any way, alongside statements about restaurant bills etc ‘which the tax payer unwittingly had to sign for’. It was suggested in this way that that sum was all somehow unjustified or tainted. The impression clearly left with the viewer was that the Police had wasted £7.5 million.
Furthermore, it ought to be noted that the £7.5 million figure was never all down to the decisions, right or wrong ones, by Mr. Power and Mr. Harper. Half of the spending on the enquiry was committed after their time leading the investigation." "The reporter appears to have undertaken very little background research into our review and has resorted merely to replaying earlier versions of CTV coverage of the matter."
Whilst no investigation can be error free, certain facts are publicly stated and easily verified, such as the total cost of £7.5m and the fact that under my leadership less than 50% of this was incurred, as well as matters pertaining to the flights etc. CTV have made no attempt to portray this accurately but instead in this programme sought to perpetuate the myth that I had overspent by £7.5m despite the fact that no budget was ever set for us despite desperate attempts to get one (I made an e mail available to CTV where the Chief Minister's office admonished me for even mentioning the need to keep cost down - it tells me "cost is irrelevant") and the published fact that my spending was less than 50% of the total cost despite having the complex crime scene excavation and the difficult first 21 months of the enquiry. CTV have ignored all of these factors in this programme, seeking instead to portray the same old impression that I had been guilty of wasting all this money.