The "legitimate" media

Simon “FIGJAM” Power wants to regulate the internet. He also wants tho clarify how “legitimate media” access information about name suppression orders.

Yet constantly we see the “legitimate media” breaching orders and always without sanction. Now I’m not moaning about the descent of the law upon my head for breaching name suppression, far from it. But what I am complaining about is the uneven application of the law.

Just recently one of the most blatant breaches of name suppression was perpetrated by TVNZ in the Daljit Singh case, Guyon Espiner also egregiously breached suppression orders in pursuing David Garrett. So far neither the repeaters concerned nor TVNZ as an organisation has been charged.

Today the NZ Herald has also breached a suppression order.

Just the other day  STUFF reported that the victim in the bizarre murder/coverup case with a youth killer cannot yet be identified, as to do so would identify the accused.

Yet today there is a photo spread all across the internet and presumably the dead tree press of the victim in this same case. According to Judge Harvey I risk being charged yet again just by providing a link to th Herlad story as that provides a “piece of the puzzle”.

Clearly the “legitimate media” haven’t read the draconian judgement of Judge Harvey. He will be disappointed, it took him three weeks and 70 pages to write.

Of course the contention that naming a victim will lead to the identification of the guilty is farcical. In this case even more so. We now know who the victim is but only those in the small community or family members will know who the guilty child is. They would know anyway…pretty hard to miss a shooting and killing of a 12 year old kid in a small town.

Once again the farce of name suppression is displayed for us all. Once again the inconsistency of the law is exposed and once again we see the “legitimate media” are actually “illegitimate”. At least bloggers are honest about our position.

This nation really needs to stop keep secrets in our courts.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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