A group of States members, representing the Jersey branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) – the international organisation which brings together parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth – will take part in the British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR) Annual Conference, which is being hosted in Guernsey between 19th and 22nd May, 2019.
The conference brings together politicians from the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK, Malta, Gibraltar and Cyprus. The theme of the conference is “Fake news and digital disinformation – the challenges for parliamentarians and democracy.” The States Members who will be attending are Constable Simon Crowcroft, Constable Mike Jackson, Deputy Judy Martin and Deputy Rob Ward.
Constable Crowcroft, who is leading the Jersey delegation said: “60% of the Commonwealth’s population is aged under 30 and it is vitally important for us and our young people to recognise the negative and worrying impact fake news can have on the political and democratic sphere which largely govern all of our lives.”
The Jersey branch of CPA promotes parliamentary best practice and the values of the Commonwealth in the States Assembly. It also seeks to build relationships between Jersey and other Commonwealth jurisdictions, to raise awareness and understanding of Jersey across the Commonwealth. It achieves these aims by participating in CPA conferences, seminars and training programmes; by involving Members and staff of the States Assembly in parliamentary benchmarking and outreach work; and by hosting CPA events in Jersey.
States Assembly Press Release.