Few people on the island are brave enough to speak out because those who have done so have been punished. By signing this petition and offering your words of support, you have given these people a voice. Most importantly, you have given a voice to the many victims of abuse and violence who have suffered for decades unheard. Above all, we do this in honor of them.
Before midnight tonight, we have set a goal -- ambitious though it may be -- to hit 1,000 signatures. If you do just one good deed today, pass this petition on to a friend, colleague or family member and let them know this tiny island needs our help. Here is a shining example of how the power of the Internet can trump the power of unlimited wealth and riches – especially in a place like Jersey, which happens to be the largest offshore financial center on earth. (Yes, really.)
Some good news from this week:
We have already heard from the UK Border Agency -- no resolution yet, but that means you are being heard and you are making a difference!
UK Member of Parliament John Hemming tabled a motion Tuesday in support of this petition and called into question the motives behind the UK travel ban: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/504
Nicholas Shaxson, best-selling author and Vanity Fair contributor, also boosted the effort: http://treasureislands.org/an-s-o-s-from-the-people-of-uk-tax-haven-jersey/
I appeared on Keiser Report (known for its global audience) on the one-year anniversary of my getting the heave-ho: http://bit.ly/RLynms
Lastly, the BBC interviewed both Deputy Trevor Pitman, the Jersey member of parliament who initiated this petition, as well as Jersey blogger, Neil McMurray. While the interviews were blocked from international airing on the BBC's Web site ('due to technical difficulties or for contractual reasons') it is a start.
Once again, YOUR signatures and YOUR messages can stop the de-democratization of this island. One thing is clear from your comments: all of you realize that issues of truth, justice and free speech effect us all. In the end, a country that calls itself a "democracy" must act like one. Send a clear message to the UK that blocking freedom of expression cannot be tolerated -- and please urge others to do the same.
P.S. CNN had a special report today about how free speech is increasingly being targeted all over the WESTERN world. An expert stated that while this trend is alarming for many (obvious) reasons, the biggest one is that, historically, when people are robbed of their right to speak out, it is only a matter of time before their other rights are taken away too. We can make sure that doesn't happen.
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