“Gagging” Fear – New Social Media Policy Postponed

25 Jul

Last night’s Full Council Meeting decided to refer back to the Standards Committee EDDC’s proposed new social media policy, although most of the proposals were accepted as reasonable and balanced.

A clause forbidding councillors from saying anything that “might bring the Council into disrepute” was the sticking point. It could be used to gag councillors –especially those with blogs- who might be justified in criticising council policy.

As a member of the public commented at the start of the meeting, it was more likely that the council would be brought into disrepute by actions of the leadership rather than by criticism from councillors!

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