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To publish or not to publish

l’express newspaper published in its edition of Saturday last a few photographs purporting to show the Prime Minister at a private reception that would have taken place in June this year. To whet the appetite, it announced that more photographs will feature in the following day’s edition, Sunday 17th August. The pictures show the PM engaged in some musical/dancing activity in the company of a couple of other persons, one of whom is portrayed by l’express as being a businesswoman having benefited from some exclusive contracts from the public domain. The newspaper stated that she has shot up to inexplicably become a multi-millionaire within a short space of time.

Interview David Snoxell PDF Print E-mail

Interview: David Snoxell, Former British High Commissioner

“Mauritius must, in the next 6 months, focus its diplomacy on winning international and British parliamentary support for Mauritian sovereignty…

… there will not be a similar opportunity again”

* “There is not really scope for Mauritius to be a party to UK/US discussions (on Chagos) since they will not be formal negotiations”

* ““If the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea rules in Mauritius’ favour this will be a powerful, though not decisive influence”

Mrinal Roy PDF Print E-mail

Rebooting our democracy

It is yet time for the elected and the leaders at the helm of Government and political parties to redress things by rebooting with the lofty democratic values bequeathed to us by the founding fathers of Mauritius and overhauling the present sorry state of our democracy

-- Mrinal Roy

There are presently many issues which are fundamentally amiss or not quite right in our democracy. The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition who occupy two of the top constitutional posts of our democracy find it normal to mix the affairs of the State with the shenanigans of political deal making for an alliance. This is doubly infra dig.

Dr R Neerunjun Gopee PDF Print E-mail

Tik-tik, Click-click…

Both science and technology are neutral, the perverse effect is of our making

Dr R Neerunjun Gopee

As lay consumers of the products of technology we can only marvel at the tremendous and rapid change that has been taking place in the quality and range of these products in our lifetime – with, undoubtedly, more to come.

Rajiv Servansingh PDF Print E-mail

Press freedom vs Right to privacy

What happens between consenting adults behind the closed doors of their private residence must be protected from any form of intrusion except if there is an abundantly clear case that this would be justified “in the public interest”

“If people are able to release (private) information with impunity it might have the effect of illegitimately constraining a person’s choices as to his or her private behaviour, interfering in a major way with his or her autonomy.”

- HRH Prince of Wales V/S Associated Newspapers

Balance between press freedom and the right to privacy, especially of political personalities, is the subject of an ongoing debate in all democratic countries. The famous case of President Bill Clinton and his affair with Miss Monica Lewinski had caused a furore in the US during the former’s presidency leading to a real threat of impeachment.

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