Another witch-hunt

It looks like there is another witch hunt going on for breaching name suppression on the internet. Wouldn’t it be good if the Police showed some consistency and investigated the breach by TVNZ over the Daljit Singh case. Like this case a complaint has been made by a member of the public, so why hasn’t there been an investigation? But then again the Solicitor-General has always said he will make show trials of internet people to prove his point.

Police are investigating a breach of name suppression in the case of the “household name” charged with disorderly conduct.

And it may not be the only one they have to check – an internet battle is being waged to get his name into cyberspace with his Wikipedia profile being altered, and then realtered, repeatedly.

The 46-year-old man was arrested last month. The New Zealand Herald reported he had jumped on to the bonnet of a car during a blazing row with his wife in downtown Auckland on December 29. It said a member of the public became so alarmed at the man’s behaviour that they called over a police officer and he was charged.

A spokesman for police national headquarters said: “Auckland central police were notified yesterday of an alleged breach of name suppression on the internet in relation to this case which is currently being assessed.”

I can assure you that I am not the one trying to alter the Wikipedia page of the tool involved. I am watching it though with great mirth. Until the Police do something about the TVNZ breach then people could easily draw the conclusions that mainstream media seem to be exempt from the law while a witch-hunt and crackdown exists against people using the internet to disseminate news.

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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.

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