Dear Readers, RE: Name Suppression

Dear Readers,

A serious post.

I am shocked beyond words.  This morning I blogged Let’s get these names out far and wide before name suppression kicks in which quoted the Stuff article by David Carkson naming the two thugs that allegedly bashed up Jesse Ryder.  My choice of title was in jest because too often our courts are willing to protect the “feelings” of thugs and criminals and ignore the public interest of an open and transparent justice system.  I have worried before that we have lost a key element, that of shame for the criminals (and yes sometimes for their families), from our justice process.

Well blow me down, a few minutes ago I received a call from my lawyer informing me that Judge Gary MacAskill has granted interim suppression.  FFS.

Even worse, Judge MacAskill (who readers will no doubt be familiar with being not only bad but also a dudrefused to hear TV3 on the issue of suppression and the public interest.  That is, he ignored the law and refused TV3 it statutory right to be heard

As you probably know, as well as having plenty of fun on this blog, I also champion causes that I consider to be fair and just.  Breaches of name suppression orders (granted merely because the criminal is a high profile person) are something I have been in Court before about.  Currently I am defending defamation proceedings, which while I am confident of winning, is proving costly and stressful.  As much as today’s news angers me, and I strongly considered not taking down the names of [censored by Judge MacAskill] from my blog, I cannot afford to lead this cause again.

So while I am not going to break the law (or encourage anyone else to) I do encourage the media, and the Whale Army to take this one up.  Judge Gary MacAskill’s face should be on the TV news tonight, the front page of every major newspaper tomorrow, he should be known as the person protecting the “feelings” of the two thugs that handed themselves in for mindlessly attacking Jesse Ryder.

No doubt there will be some limp wrist that will argue that (notwithstanding [censored by Judge MacAskill] handing themselves in presumably because the Cops had them on camera) the thugs deserve a fair trial.

Right now I give up.

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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.