|EDITORIAL - Of private opinion and public discourse
There can be a thin line between the sometimes necessary confidentiality in government and a muzzling of public discourse, which is essential to good governance. Two issues in Jamaica this past week highlighted this tension, but, surprisingly, drew little attention from the civil libertarians and free speech advocates.
Problems with preventive detention
The suggestion by the Government that it is looking at instituting 'preventative detention' has sparked debate across the country - not least among Jamaicans For Justice's membership. Below we publish two parts of the JFJ internal debate.
Peace treaties, detention and human rights
Since the police cannot find the men on its most wanted list or among the leaders of the 150 gangs, which Kingfish ACP Glenmore Hinds estimates operate in the country, perhaps they should begin by detaining the organisers and participants in peace treaties. (Henry)
Normally peace and justice are mentioned in the same sentence. However, in the last few days, there appears to be less of each than we think. Wunderkinde Resident Magistrate (RM) Marlene Malahoo-Forte, earned the ire of her colleagues by calling them hustlers. Her honour has 'dissed' and the lawyers have claimed dishonour. (Taylor)
Ignorance stalls good policing
The Editor, Sir: It is my belief that the problem that we as police personnel have in controlling crime, is ignorance.