Statement by Cameron Slater, journalist

Although the judgement that I was a Journalist at the time I was working on a story about a businessman involving alleged malfeasance, fraud and other nasty stuff is welcome, it isn’t the end of the District Court case that gave birth to the High Court appeal.  Unless this decision is challenged in the Court of Appeal, this case will now return to the District Court.

There exists an order against me and my news medium not to publish anything about the defamation case or closely related matters that aren’t already in the public domain.  Until that order is dropped, I will continue to follow the Court’s instructions and I won’t go into it.  (Can commenters please assist by doing the same – your access depends on it)

Although a relatively small number of people who are highly invested in my downfall and misery will think this decision is a travesty of justice, and while my own fans will simply see it as “common sense”, I believe that people who have no interest in me or my case will see the decision as a natural outcome.   Whaleoil has been producing news at regular intervals for many years.  I have sources, I work on stories, I publish them to the public.  Even some of my most brutal critics have admitted I am clearly a journo.

But it is nice to have it confirmed so formally.

This does put us into a rather unique situation.

“The hacker” and his backer(s) have broken into a news organisation’s data and taken it.  Then the hacker gave this information to other news media and journalists.   Those other news media and journalists have profited and, let’s not be coy, celebrated the access and use to my confidential and journalistic work.

Check this out, for contrast


If you may recall, the whole media closed in as a pack simply because Andrea Vance’s phone meta data and swipe card data were used during an investigation into a leak.

You would have thought it was a direct attack on the Fourth Estate.  They all closed in and with a single voice they snarled back.  This breach of journalistic trust was totally unacceptable.


I realise I am a very polarising figure.  My actions over the years have caused many people to become so emotionally involved that they wish for me to come to harm.   Their wish is so strong, they are able to justify to themselves that this time, just this time, things like law just doesn’t  have to apply.

Nicky Hager is going around the country labeling himself as the “investigative journalist” that was part of exposing a National run attack blogging network.

I doubt he is willing to accept the truth, that what he’s really doing, is having accepted all the legal, medical, and journalistically confidential and privileged information from a fellow journalist, he’s not cared about the law and turned it into a politically motivated hit piece.

Out of six years of communications, out of six years of journalism, they have used raw and confidential work product and spun their own story around it.   Out of six years, they have identified only two issues that people want to look into further.   Time will show that no laws were broken.   I was simply doing the job as a journalist.


I have run stories about the National Party.   I also run stories about the Labour Party.   And other parties.   And I have never been paid for any of them.  More importantly, I have never received a single cent from the National Party.   Those stories are always produced from the perspective of bringing you news about something dodgy or something interesting, or something that needs some sunlight.   Journalism.


I still run stories about the National Party.  I still run stories about the Labour Party.  And other parties.

I am, after all, a journalist.



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