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Thursday, November 28, 2013
JERSEY EVENING POST -THE ONE EYED PAPER
Publication. Any breach of this will be dealt with severely under Jersey’s DATA PROTECTION LAW.
Dear Andy Sibcy, Editor Designate of the Jersey Evening Post,
CHRIS BRIGHT & ANDY SIBCY
On 31 October I sent an email to your
Editor Chris Bright asking various questions about my son Simon Abbott who died in Jersey
last June aged 47. (See my posts DID CYBER-BULLIES KILL SIMON ABBOTT? DEFENDING MURRAY NORTON by Tony Bellows; BBC'S DILEMMA - DEFINING CYBER-BULLYING etc)
My questions were of such an inflammable
nature and so dangerous to the safety of the States of Jersey that Bright felt
he could not answer me by email as that was far too risky.So, through his PA Corinne Wiseman, he asked
for my address so that he could post me a letter.
It didn’t seem to occur to him that
if that was intercepted my cover as an MI 5 operative would have been completely blown and everyone would know where I
Anyway I took the risk and then you
replied on his behalf in a letter dated 8 November. But I can tell you I have
doubled the number of day and night armed guards around my home.
As you know this is what I said with your answers in orange and my additional comments in
Correct me if I’m wrong but I gather
you are the Editor of the JEP and as such could you help me. As you no doubt
know my son Simon Abbott was
extensively cyber-bullied by Murray Norton, Ian le Sueur and others over a
period of about two years. The result was that he instituted a libel action
against these two and six other people in Jersey’s
Even the greenest cub reporter would recognise that this is a crackerjack
story, especially on a small island like Jersey.
So can you tell me why your paper never so much as mentioned a word of this?
You state as a matter of fact that your son
was ‘extensively cyber-bullied’ by Murray Norton. I cannot agree with your
cut-and-dried assessment. It is true that serious allegations have been made
about the behaviour of Mr Norton, but these remain unsubstantiated. I am
informed by the States of Jersey Police that there is currently no police
investigation into those allegations.
MAIL ON SUNDAY ARTICLE
We were not aware of accusations of
cyber-bullying until the article in the Mail on Sunday. (That just shows how blind
your paper is to very newsworthy events that happen
under your nose in Jersey. The cyber-bullying
of my son had been going on for about two years before the Mail article
appeared on 13 October 2013. And any decent paper would have fired all its
reporters if none of them had heard about this, especially on a small island of
only 100 000 people. This is so improbably that one can only assume that
you had a more dubious reason for keeping this out of your paper)
You go on to say: Had your
son’s libelaction against Mr Norton and others
got to court, the Jersey Evening Post would have reported those proceedings.
(That’s either a lie or a case of your news team once again being so incompetent that it isunaware of what’s
happening on your island)
At the time when Simon began his civil
action the Royal Court
did not release papers relating to such proceedings to the media. In any event
they would not have become
privileged documents until the other parties had filed a response with the
it would come as great surprise to
you to hear that this was done towards the end of last year making the
entire case available for any paper to report on. Living in South Africa half a
world away from Jersey I was able to
get copies of all the documents after my son died, yet your paper was unaware
that they were even available for publication. On any decent paper, that
doesn’t have a very dubious hidden agenda; the editor could be fired for that)
Even in the last few days when your
paper carried reports about moves to outlaw cyber-bullying your paper reported
that my son’s inquest was still to be held but you did not mention his name or
anything about the background to his case. Why was that? But you did carry a
story about some American girl who committed suicide because of cyber-bullying, hardly something that was relevant to Jersey.
Standing Orders of the Island’s
Parliament forbid the naming of people in the Chamber in situations like this. In this case we felt it was responsible to follow that protocol.(Come
off it. That was just anotherexcuse for you
not to mention my son’s name or the circumstances surrounding what had happened
to him. From what you say the
Standing Orders do not control what newspapers say)
On 30 October Norton announce on his
Jersey Radio show that this was his “last day for the foreseeable future.” Has
you paper carried a report on this?
arrangements with the BBC are of no great news interest to us. (In
this one sentence you have revealed exactly
why you never reported on people who were cyber-bullying Simon – it was to protect
Norton and his friends)
I now understand completely why some
people in Jersey call your paper the JERSEY
EVENING PROPAGANDA or is it the JERSEY EVENING PRAVDA?
Regards Jon, a disgusted former
journalist, father and Poor Man's Press Ombudsman.