Fairfax journalists illegally accessing confidential information. Never.

Oh dear…after all the outrage from journalists here about how pure and perfect they all are and that their rights must be protected at all costs, what do we find out?

That they are dodgy ratbags just like everyone else.

And they are not from the Murdoch stable either, rather they are from Fairfax…that’s right the same outfit that employes Andrea Vance.

THREE Age journalists have admitted hacking an ALP electorate database in the lead-up to the 2010 state election.

Reporters Royce Millar, Nick McKenzie and Ben Schneiders appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court yesterday where they admitted gaining unauthorised access to restricted information held on the database.

But the journalists escaped being convicted over the offending after being placed on the court’s diversion program.

Christopher Winneke, representing the journalists, said the men planned to work overseas and the recording of a conviction could significantly impact that possibility.

“Ultimately by entering the database … they are accepting that they were not authorised,” he said.

“These journalists have already been the subject of adverse criticism in the public domain.”

The poor petals…concerned for future prospects being affected by their criminal wrong-doing.


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  • Col

    Ha Fucking Ha ha

    • This_comment_was_deleted

      That’s telling em!

  • This_comment_was_deleted

    Ratbag journos are found guilty of illegal spying and face the consequences in Court.

    So is the take away point that those caught illegally accessing and spying shouldn’t be let off lightly but prosecuted to the full extent of the law?

    Or, that the law should be changed to permit such?

    As in, Government spooks are found guilty of spying illegally, on the basis of illegal warrants, illegally issued by the PM and then get the law changed to make the illegal legal, to prevent injury to their reputations or employment status.

    • Yep, let’s do it….most of those 88 that David Shearer is trying to pin John Key were in fact made by Helen Clark and her tame GCSB Bruce Ferguson…so I’m with you, let’s haul them into court.

      • This_comment_was_deleted

        Yup, I agree. We have ourselves a concord.
        Lets do it. There shouldn’t be one rule for one and one for another based on petty partisan political allegiences.
        Government musn’t be conducted in secret and opaque to the people, but instead accountable and answerable to them. I think you’d both agree with that.

    • In Vino Veritas

      Whoops tcwd! How big is the hole you’ve just shot in your foot?

      • This_comment_was_deleted

        Not as half as big as the one in your head.

  • In Vino Veritas

    I think the most ironical thing that could happen here is that Vance’s relationship with Dunne is completely exposed by some non-Fairfax media outlet. Bet she’d be really “angry” then. Or would she say that’s a fair cop since it’s a journalists prerogative to dig around and have private info released to them with sources withheld?

  • steve and monique

    Media crying unfair is a joke. Most will sell their mothers for a story,and are not worried how they get their info,legally,or not.

  • cows4me

    “Big breaking news about something we’ve known about like for seven years, which is your phone calls are being tracked and your emails are being accessed by the government. And married men all over are saying ‘The government?’. Thank God. I thought you were going to say my wife”.- Bill Maher

  • cows4me

    “You know your phone is being tapped when you are having a conversation and you hear the attorney general breathing”.- David Letterman.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    That is in Oz mate. The NZ Fairfax journos are holier than thou…so move on. Don’t try to defend.