Selective charges over “NZ’s Rolf Harris” name suppression breaches


via SST

A New Zealand woman living in Australia is facing charges in relation to posting information online allegedly naming a prominent New Zealander who has name suppression.

The 34-year-old woman is charged with two counts of breach of suppression provisions and orders. A warrant to arrest was issued by Christchurch District Court yesterday.

A former National MP has already appeared in Waitakere District Court in relation to alleged breaches of the same court order.

Police said a man was formally warned by Whangarei Police in relation to alleged breaches.

Interesting that NZ Police are charging a New Zealander living in Australia for breaching a NZ protection order online while living in Australia.  That’s going to be an interesting test case to watch.

The former National MP is going to be a no brainer.  It was deliberate.  And as I discovered, the law tends to be humourless when it comes to people mocking it on purpose.

What I find interesting that I am aware of two other clear breaches.  One was on Twitter a good month before the National MP, and the other was done on a New Zealand blog.   The latter is still out in the open, as far as I know.

Strange how some of these have led to Police acting, and others have not.

Somewhat perversely, some people are facing huge fines up to $100,000 per count, and even possible jail terms for simply writing “NZ’s Rolf Harris'” name on the Internet, while “Rolf” has permanent name suppression for pleading guilty to a sexual assault.


– Sophie Ryan, NZME


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