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'No reason' to stop filming of council meeting

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 15, 2011

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SWANSEA Council's leading Tory said he could see no good reason to stop the public filming council meetings, after the arrest of a blogger in Carmarthenshire.

Rene Kinzett said any councillor who did not want their views being filmed should not stand for reelection.

"Most council meetings are held at times of day when most members of the public cannot go," he said. "So it would be great if people could go along to tweet or film to make sure those who need to be are held to account, and that they make the right decisions."

Mr Kinzett has previously been in trouble for tweeting messages direct from the council chamber.

His comments follow the arrest of political blogger Jacqui Thompson, who refused to leave the public gallery of Carmarthenshire County Hall when she was spotted filming on her phone. The Welsh Government says it is up to councils if they allow filming.

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