UK group backs campaign to end secrecy in The Castle

Graphic showing rubber stamps saying "restricted" etc, crossed out

A call for more open government on St Helena has been backed by a leading group in the UK. In a message of support, Katherine Gundersen of the London-based Campaign for Freedom of Information says open, honest debate leads to better decision-making. It could also help to reduce public distrust of government. An increasing number […]

St Helena Online is six months old. Happy reading

Ann's Place, sketch

by Simon Pipe, editor St Helena Online is six months old today – 20 July 2012. Although a couple of features were posted on the site at the back end of 2011, it was not until January that it became properly active. One day, a yachtie’s drawing of Ann’s Place in Jamestown popped up on […]

£46,000 a year to make island finances more transparent

An adviser is being recruited to help deal with weaknesses in St Helena’s public services. The job will include making the island’s budget system more transparent. The £46,000-a-year role is to guide the modernising of public service on the island – in an affordable way. It includes developing a new approach to budgeting, looking to […]

St Helena Online joins a campaign for transparency

Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s not good for democracy. St Helena’s elected councillors are making decisions that will set the course of the island’s future, but we are rarely told what they will talk about in advance. That means people cannot voice their own concerns, and possibly raise problems that the officials in The […]

‘We honour the spirit of freedom act’ says The Castle

St Helena Government says it is committed to open government, even though it has not adopted the UK’s Freedom of Information laws. It said: “We do honour the spirit and intent of the Act, but without adopting its cumbersome formality. This is simply a practical reality particular to the island. “Within our limited resources we […]

Technical problems at St Helena Online

Technical problems in accessing the “dashboard” for this website have caused significant delays in posting and updating stories. Access has been intermittent. Please bear with us. Contact Simon Pipe via Facebook, or email simonpipe01@gmail.com if you have problems using the site.

St Helena Online is almost back to normal

St Helena continues to generate far more stories than one journalist (in the UK) can keep up with. The quota of news per head of population must be among the highest in the world. It doesn’t help that a technical problem has blighted this news website, and personal life has got in the way as […]