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Apr 15, 2021

Andrew Marshalleck: “It wasn’t me!”

Andrew Marshalleck

And now we turn to the chair of the Commission of Inquiry, Andrew Marshalleck. He spoke to the media directly after the proceedings ended.  Marshalleck said he didn’t even know the broadcast had been cut.  He admitted that he wouldn’t have gone about it that way – as a matter of fact, he said he saw nothing wrong with the unions voicing their opinion.  The chairman told reporters that minutes before the live stream began, Martinez informed him that he would be making a statement and that he took a cursory look at the document.  It is seen as an egregious stifling of free speech – an undemocratic move.  So, who gave the order to cut the broadcast and to delete the video from the Government Press Office Facebook? Marshalleck said “it wasn’t me.”

 

Andrew Marshalleck, Chair, Commission of Inquiry

“I wasn’t aware that the broadcast had been cut. I was sitting there. We finished out what we were doing and it was upon leaving I was informed that it was cut.”

 

Reporter

“So, you didn’t give the order?”

 

Andrew Marshalleck

“No. No. I have nothing to do with that and whoever cut it needs to explain why they cut it.  Look, if the unions have a view to express, they are free to express it in any event. I have no trouble with them expressing their views as long as it was done in a responsible and mannerly way which it was. To be quite frank, when Mr Martinez started and averted to the sales by the government during the time, I, too, was very disappointed when that happened. I can’t say that I would have put my objections in quite those terms or as strongly but I wasn’t happy to see that either. So, I can’t say that I was surprised by what was said or the position that the unions took.”

 

Reporter

“But you know that a directive has to come from the top of the political directorate?”

 

Andrew Marshalleck

“I don’t know any such thing but what I am telling you in normal case if things work the way they normally do, I would expect that somebody gave an instruction and I don’t know that what happened is within the realm of what would normally be expected to happen. It could have been extra ordinary. From my point of view and my perspective, there is an obligation to keep a public record of what happened. If it has been removed from the website, it really needs to be put back. It should have not been cut. I don’t know who thought they had the authority to cut it. It is not a political show. It is a duly constituted commission of inquiry which is obliged by law to conduct its proceedings in public. The public nature of it was compromised by what was done.   I think if it were up to me the feed should not have been cut. It wasn’t my decision to make. I didn’t make the decision. Somebody made it somewhere for some reason. They need to explain themselves.”


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