I think Bermuda Blue is raising a good point here, and the Government should be pro-actively answering such a question – and I hope the media is pressing similar questions too.
I am concerned that this rash of litigation by the governing party could lead to self-censorship by all, and ultimately a chilling of what has been a relative flowering of online discourse over the last few years.
Apart from the fact that this smacks a little of being unstatesmanlike (making me a little uncomfortable) there has been no mention of who is funding these legal cases.
You cannot defame a Government, therefore Government (ie you and me) should not be funding these actions.
I have asked three times on an OBA Facebook thread for an explanation of who is paying, I have yet to receive an answer.
There has to be clarification that these actions are being paid for by the OBA Ministers themselves or by the Party.
For those out there who want to jump on my back, I instructed, when I was at the RG, for reporters to ask exactly the same questions when EB was throwing writs around…
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