terça-feira, 11 de dezembro de 2012

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Officer James Patrick @J_amesp, has been silenced for speaking to the public about police issues .

Lá e cá: a mordaça inglesa!

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James Patrick is a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police.  He is the author of the Police Debating Directive online and the resulting book, The Rest is Silence.  James has tried hard to highlight information which is already in the public eye and has done so with a burning desire to protect the public.  James has been silenced.  He cannot say anymore and he cannot ask for your help.
Please can you help James?  Will you make a noise to fill the silence?  The control exerted over serving Police Officers and the loss of their human rights is a matter which deserves attention.  Just as James Patrick believes the matters set out in The Rest is Silence are deserving of the risk he took in highlighting them. This link is for a standard letter which you can send to your MP :
Please make sure you put your address at the top of the letter.  If you are a serving officer and feel uncomfortable with this, please get friends and family to write instead. The more letters sent to MPs the louder our noise will be.
We are trying to collate which MPs are contacted and so the manyvoicesblog email address will be open to all.  Please can you emailCate.Moore842@hotmail.co.uk with the name of your MP when you have sent the letter.  Your information is confidential and only the names of the MPs will be collated and passed on.
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
Dear [name of MP]
Re: Welfare of Metropolitan Police Officer James Patrick (warrant number 231501)
I am writing to you because I am concerned about the welfare and treatment of a police officer named James Patrick.
Officer Patrick is a serving officer with the Metropolitan Police Service.  During the summer of 2012 he wrote a blog entitled “The Police Debating Directive” http://thepolicedebatingdirective.blogspot.co.uk/which revealed to a spellbound audience his increasing concerns about the changes to British policing that were impacting on his job, his service, his life and the safety of the public. … More >
That blog has recently been published as a book entitled “The Rest is Silence” which is sometimes caustic, sometimes heartrending but always engaging and thought-provoking.  As far as I can tell it contains no information which was not already in the public domain. http://www.lulu.com/gb/en/shop/james-patrick/the-rest-is-silence/paperback/product-20463881.html
I understand that the Metropolitan Police Service is unhappy with Officer Patrick’s book and I am aware that he was recently served with disciplinary papers.  However, Officer Patrick remained visible via Twitter @J_amesp until Friday 1 December, since which time he has disappeared from view.  He was due to give a lecture at Edgehill University on Monday 3 December but I understand that the Metropolitan Police Service has now forbidden Officer Patrick from communicating with members of the public and that they claim to be doing this in the public interest.  This prohibition will not only prevent him from giving his lecture but will also preventing him from blogging or engaging via Twitter.
However, it occurs to me that preventing Officer Patrick from speaking out is more likely to be in the interests of the Metropolitan Police Service than in the interests of the public and I would question the legality of these actions under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#a10 and under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rightshttp://www.hri.org/docs/ECHR50.html  both of which articles deal with freedom of expression.
I would very much appreciate it if you could contact both the Home Secretary and the Mayor of London (in his capacity as Police and Crime Commissioner for the capital) to ascertain exactly what is happening in respect of Officer Patrick and to ensure that his case is being treated in line with Human Rights legislation.
I look forward to hearing from you in the very near future
Best wishes