When media break name suppression


In 2010 I thought I could be smart and get my way around name suppression laws by being cute. I failed, and wound up with a few convictions for breaking name suppression.

It didn’t matter that every person I named was a scumbag, or a wife beater, or a rapist. I broke the law and got lined up and rinsed by a Solicitor-General out to prove a point.

At the same time that I was before the courts TVNZ also broke name suppression in the Daljit Singh case, they weren’t even investigated much less charged. It was subtle and it was clever what they did, standing in front of election hoardings of Singh while talking about the person with name suppression.

This week at least two media outlets have breached name suppression again.

I am not going to go into the details of the case because to do so would mean that other people could do what I did to find out who it is that has their name suppressed.

But I will explain what it is the media did without the specifics.

Both Fairfax and the NZ Herald ran a story and the way they wrote it up just made you want to find out precisely who the suppressed person was.    Read more »

Not just Nicky, it also means you David, and Matt and anyone else who worked with the hacker

David ‘Tainted’ Fisher has yet another article in support of his partner in crime Nicky Hager.

This time catching up on something everyone else has been talking about since last week…that a recent Supreme Court decision regarding data as property and what that means for people working with criminal hackers.

Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager may face criminal charges over accepting the hacked material used to write the bombshell book, according to documents obtained by the Herald.

Police will not say whether the investigative journalist is again a suspect, instead of simply a witness, after a pivotal Supreme Court decision which ruled computer files were property.

Documents show the new definition from the court puts Hager back in the frame over the computer files he was given by a hacker which he used as the basis for his book.

An Official Information Act response to Hager’s lawyers in June saw police lawyer Carolyn Richardson explain there had been a decision – apparently just before the journalist’s house was searched – to treat him as an “unco-operative witness as opposed to a suspect”. It was based on legal advice over an earlier Court of Appeal decision which said computer files weren’t property, she said.    Read more »

The sad state of the New Zealand Media Party

Late yesterday, I wrote

At today’s post-cabinet press conference, Andrea Vance asked the Prime Minister a really pertinent question. What does he think about the allegations that UK Prime Minister David Cameron has had his meat and two veg inside a dead pig’s mouth?


The fact that Vance thought that was the sort of thing that would get her the valuable answers needed to write for her newspaper is bad enough, but it would have died a nice death in the awkward silence of others who were thinking “did she really just ask that?”, if it wasn’t for her tag-team partner and Media Party communications spokesperson, Katie Bradford, spewing it out for all to see on the Twitter machine.

Now we know that Vance and Bradford are now BFFs because Vance will soon be gracing TVNZ’s partially taxpayer-funded payroll with her.   But this tag teaming of the Prime Minister was also picked up by the TV3/Radiolive/Mediaworks stable who are pushing the smear for all it’s worth.   Read more »

The slow but steady deterioration of “newspapers” is being noticed





Let’s see the commitment of the DomPost editor to no ads on Sunday

To prove how commercially stupid the DomPost editor is and demonstrate the contempt they hold their shareholders’ interest in this organisation that survives on advertising, he thinks it’s a great idea having a Sunday ad ban.

The Government is widening its attack on commerce-free Sundays and public holidays. It moved to allow Easter Sunday trading, and now it wonders whether to scrap the ban on broadcasting advertisements on Sunday mornings and at Christmas and Easter.

The arguments are the same – why persist with these odd exceptions to the all-pervasive rule? – but the politics are different. Plenty of voters want to be able to shop on Easter Sunday. Very few want more ads on TV. Making advertisements truly wall-to-wall throughout the year might make for “consistency”. The viewer’s irritation would also increase.

In this case the tiny religious lobby is backed by a great secular majority. All can unite against the final victory of commercial yawp.

The DomPost editor could make a start by committing to remove all ads from Fairfax sites on Sundays as well as from the Sunday Star Times. This would be a strong move against “commercial yawp”.    Read more »

The PPTA need to have a stern word to Fairfax *UPDATED

Lauren LeDuff works with a student in her 10th-grade English class at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans. Read more at http://national.deseretnews.com/article/2924/Leadership-and-voice-Two-New-Orleans-schools-illustrate-the-promise-and-perils-of-charter-schools

Lauren LeDuff works with a student in her 10th-grade English class at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans.

Oh dear. The PPTA need to have a stern word to Fairfax. While they have a PPTA friendly Education reporter on tap in Kirsty Johnston who works for a Newspaper, Fairfax has let them down by failing to filter Pro-Charter School stories coming through automatically from overseas news organisations.

While it is a simple matter to send some PPTA press releases or articles straight through to Kirsty in order to frame the narrative the way they want it framed, Fairfax is undermining all their propaganda by allowing these kind of stories through.

Remember how the Education Unions all scream that Charter Schools are a failed model from overseas that they don’t want here? Well here is some inconvenient truth.

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The day Journalism died


Like a police officer who is expected to write a number of tickets to ensure a departmental quota is hit, we now have the emergence of “journalists” that have to bring in enough paying business to partially fund their own existence.  Or if they are good, fully fund their own existence and have some left over for the shareholders too.

If Fairfax are doing this in Australia, you can bet they’re doing it here.    Read more »

Fairfax announces its own restructuring. I’m offering a translation

Fairfax (the Stuff people) made an announcement yesterday.

Further changes for Fairfax newsrooms are likely, with management unveiling plans on Thursday to restructure editorial staff into local teams and specialist areas – and away from being clustered around the company’s newspapers.

Staff were told of the proposal – which is another step in the media company’s refocus to digital news – in a series of meetings across the country. There will be a period of consultation with final decisions expected in mid June.

Many jobs have been earmarked for disestablishment, others will be rescoped, and new roles will be created. Fairfax declined to provide numbers of how many roles were affected but executive editor Sinead Boucher said the proposal was not about reducing headcount.

“We are boosting our reporting capability in small and large communities, and by streamlining our print-focused production processes, increasing the ratio of content creators from just over half to almost two thirds.”

“We need digital-first, socially driven newsrooms that are structured to produce quality journalism for different audiences and across platforms – and this is an exciting structure geared towards building a dynamic, responsive newsroom.

“It’s an entirely different way of operating that puts our journalists even closer to the communities they cover,” Boucher said.

Let’s go over that again.   Read more »

Why is Fairfax protecting the identity of an ISIS hugging scumbag?

Why is Fairfax protecting a terrorist enabler?

A  New Zealand woman who travelled to Syria last year for what were believed to be humanitarian reasons is understood to be trying to negotiate with Australian officials to return to Sydney.

The woman, who has dual New Zealand-Australian citizenship, was said to be offering to help authorities with information about networks in the region.

The woman, who Fairfax has chosen not to name over fear for her safety, lives in Sydney’s Bankstown and was previously married to a man from the city.

She is the latest in a string of people who have travelled to the troubled region who now want to return home. One member of Islamic State (IS), a former health worker from Victoria, has reportedly told Australian authorities he wanted to return and warn would-be jihadists against joining the terror group.    Read more »

Why wasn’t the headline “Fleeing scumbag crashes”

Once again the media are beating up the police with their headlines.


The reality is somewhat different from the headline.

The 33-year-old’s erratic driving caused damage to vehicles in a Hornby residential street at 5.45pm.

She fled in her black Ford Explorer but police chased her.

The pursuit was abandoned a short time later and a search started for her car.   Read more »