I am aware that members of the press may be approaching Medas staff outside Villiers House asking for comments about the recent contract award. I would like to remind you that it is against Company policy for any member of staff to make any remarks to the press about such matters and that all enquiries should be sent to Communications … so that they can be handled approriately. If asked I would suggest that you answer I have no comments to make. Thank you.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. this right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
- The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or the rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.
Roughly translated, this means we can say what we want to whomever we wish to say it within one or two limits, so the clause in our handbook can safely be ignored.
It does beg the question: who has been saying things to the press? I know my colleague Mr Andy Gritton has been quoted a few times in his role as Branch Secretary of the BECTU union, but he’s merely expressed concern at the outsourcing of jobs. I’d imagine most other people are saying things like "I’ve worked for the BBC for 30 years and now they’re sending my job to India", which is surely fair comment.
So far the staff have been told almost nothing about what’s happening so it’s unlikely anything sensitive is being leaked. If I hear any more, I will let you all know. Army of readers that I have…