UPDATE 1 Here is the full TV show
UPDATE: And so it came to pass. The film on the murder of Rebecca Middleton has been aired on TV (remember this was the one where the Canadian crew were denied work permits…?)
I predicted then that they would say in the film that they had been denied access, and guess what …..
The Bernews story says: “The decision by the Minister to deny the work permits was included in the episode, with the producers flashing a copy of the letter on screen, saying, “When this programme applied to film in Bermuda, we were turned down. Government authorities also turned down our requests for interviews.”
I cannot really fathom the OBA’s decision to ban a film crew from coming to Bermuda to make a documentary on the killing of Rebecca Middleton.
Instead of having a chance to influence the content of the film by making people available for comment, by opening the files of the case to the documentary makers, by showing them the steps that have been taken to correct the mistakes that were made, there are now only negative headlines – around the world.
The decision to stop them entering the Island does not stop them filming, it does not stop them adding a rider at the end saying something like: “We approached the Government of Bermuda but instead of co-operating they decided not to allow us entry to the country where Rebecca met her death.”
It has already created headlines and will continue to make headlines. It has also given a huge amount of publicity to a film that would probably have gone largely unnoticed.
I covered Rebecca’s murder when I was a reporter on The Royal Gazette. It was horrific. The worst case I have ever covered as a reporter and it has left a terrible stain on Bermuda. We should still feel ashamed about what happened.
Not co-operating like this looks as if we want to wash our hands of the issue. That is wrong, so wrong. We teach history and research history so we can avoid making the same mistakes as our predecessors.