Should have used the “make people laugh” defence

The boy who made bomb threats has been named:

A south Auckland high school student who allegedly made bomb threats in retaliation to a new internet copyright law has lost his bid for continued name suppression.

Fijian-born Ifraaz Joseph appeared in the Manukau District Court today on charges relating to a video that was allegedly posted on YouTube and threatened the New Zealand Government.

The clip included threats about bombs hidden in Government buildings, as well as Government and media websites being hacked.

The 18-year-old pleaded not guilty.

His lawyer Giles Harvey argued for continued name suppression on the grounds that the teenager’s name was very similar to other male family members, including his brother.

He said the family also feared they could face a public “backlash” from any perceived affiliation with international terrorism.

So if you are a paedo comedian who “makes people laugh” you can have name suppression, but threaten to makes some bombs and you get named.

The inconsistency of name suppression continues.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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