Release the pictures

A Scoop journalist has been busted doing an Ambrose, but this time against David Shearer.

A reporter from the website Scoop will resign from Parliament’s press gallery after being caught photographing documents in Labour leader David Shearer’s office.

Lyndon Hood was among a number of journalists waiting in the office for an interview with Mr Shearer yesterday afternoon, and was spotted taking photos of documents on the leader’s desk by a Labour Party press secretary.

Scoop general manager Alastair Thompson confirmed today Hood would resign from the gallery but would continue working as a reporter in Wellington.

Scoop had written a letter to Mr Shearer apologising for the incident.

This has interesting parallels with the Bradley Ambrose case. One of David Farrar’s commenters notes:

Surely the photos were taken by accident?

And, having invited the journos in, hadn’t Shearer made it a public event where he couldn’t expect that anything seen or heard to be kept from the public at large?

I say release the documents! Public interest…there must be something in those documents otherwise why would Lyndon Hood have mistakenly photographed them? Just what is Shearer hiding?

Will Russell Brown and Judy Callingham, amongst others, be seeking to spread the images far and wide in this instance?

Will we see Duncan Garner and Winston Peters call for the documents to be released?


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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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