Here is the official statement from Voice of Wales on the arrest and detention of two of its journalists. In a free society, a free press is essential, if you take away free press its no longer a free society.
V.o.W reporters Dan and Stan have been released from Newport Police station where they had the pleasure of Gwent Police hospitality for 32 hours.
They were arrested whilst doing their jobs as reporters covering an event for Voice of Wales media. Video footage, which we will have pleasure in releasing shortly, will show the two journalists interviewing and filming three protestors who were serving papers on staff at a vaccine centre in Cwmbran.
V.o.W staff were not involved in the protest but merely in attendance to record details to present to the public as usually allowed in a free democracy. In democratic countries the right to free speech and a free press are vital to ensure Politicians, Organisations and all parts of Establishment are scrutinised and accountable to the people.
Stan & Dan have been released but with Draconian bail conditions in place that restrict their personal lives and abilities to travel and work. They are seeking urgent legal advice.
They have been overwhelmed with your messages of support and send love and thanks to you all.
I’m sure many of you will know the wider picture behind the arrest of our two journalists, we have already experienced attempts by Welsh Politicians and left wing controlled main stream media in Wales to shut V.o.W down.
The Communist coalition ruling from Cardiff would prefer that the Welsh public only receive propaganda from left wing media sources. It has been noted that a Chief Inspector from the Gwent Senior command team personally attended to deal with the protest in Cwmbran, very unusual, and not normal procedure. It was also apparent from his comments to his staff at the scene that the Chief Inspector was aware of who V.o.W are before their arrival. A very large team of plain clothes officers was quickly assembled at huge cost to investigate a relatively minor incident involving three protestors.
As discussed in a previous article ‘Who controls the Police in Wales?’ Policing is not devolved to the Senedd, but Westminster only provide 36% of funding to Welsh Police forces, the rest is provided from within Wales.
Welsh Police forces are also controlled by the Police Crime Commissioners, the Senedd and Commissioners, therefore they have a huge influence on Police actions. We’ve previously posted a video showing Stan interviewing Mark Drakeford in Swansea, his hatred and opinion towards V.o.W are on view for all to see.
Voice of Wales was established to fill a gap in media coverage in Wales, and we are proud to say we are not puppets controlled by the Senedd. We cover all topics to raise awareness amongst our Communities. We will not be intimidated or bullied into submission, and recent events have made us even more determined to work harder.
We thank you all again for your fantastic support.