Nicky Hager’s associates hacked my emails. He decided that it was his right to publish my emails.
He claims this is an honourable journalistic enterprise.
He is wrong.
He has written a book, he is making money from that book and has stated he wanted to attack me and the National party.
A book is not a journalistic enterprise, David Fisher has already paved the way in this respect with his High Court loss. Nicky Hager should have remembered that along with his lefty lawyer Steven Price. That case has not be appealed and stands as an important precedent.
Secondly in writing a book for money, and stating the reasons he wrote the book, he has established that there is malice involved. Any pretence of attempting to use journalists privileged has fallen by the wayside.
Worse still, since we are talking about journalists ethics, is that Nicky Hager failed to contact a single person he has written about in his book. Not one. He wrote the book and he published personal and private email conversations without so much as asking permission from other parties, or indeed the owner of the emails. Even I had the courtesy of speaking to Matthew Blomfield and offering him a right of reply, I even posted his right of reply unaltered, I recorded those conversations as well so they cannot be denied. I even rang Len Brown before we published.
Nicky Hager didn’t do any of those things.
Here is the thing though…he is threatening to dump more emails. You have to wonder why? Surely he put the best ones in the rather thin 140 page book?
Nicky Hager has brought News of the World style hacking to New Zealand, rather ironic don’t you think?
Hacking emails, breaching people’s privacy all for profit.
And he dares to claim it is the National party involved in dirty politics. ¬†¬† Read more »