Aren’t the Media party so proud of themselves today

TVNZ have put out a media release this morning boasting of their awesomeness over the so-called Panama Papers.

Let’s dissect this, shall we?

This morning, a major investigative collaboration between ONE News, RNZ News and journalist and author Nicky Hager exposes more New Zealand links to secret offshore trusts that are operating in this country to avoid paying tax.

Major investigative collaboration? Oh come on, there was no investigation on the part of the journalists nor from political activist Nicky Hager. Once again, just like Dirty Politics they are laundering the criminal efforts of an anonymous (to some) data thief.

It’s the biggest new development in the Panama Papers scandal since the tax haven records of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca were first leaked in April.

The big new development appears to reveal that lawyers and accountants set up trusts.  

RNZ News, ONE News and Nicky Hager were brought together by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists as part of a global network of media partners. For the past week and a half, journalists have been trawling through the local aspects of the data cache, that includes information about companies, trusts, foundations and funds incorporated in 21 tax havens.

Complicit media working with criminals, aided and abetted by a left-wing shill paid to do the the same. Ratbags working with ratbags. Journalists trawling through documents…panty-sniffing more like.

Today’s news first broke at 6am and coverage will continue to roll out throughout the day on air and online via ONE News and RNZ News.

And the news? Someone once worked for IRD 30 years ago…and runs a firm specialising in trusts…which are all legal…but we want to apply the morals of Nicky Hager and smear them and name them just like in Dirty Politics.

Says Nicky Hager: “The thing that has been special and powerful about the Panama Papers around the world has been the scale of journalistic cooperation. It’s very pleasing to see that happen in New Zealand as well.”

Yeah just like Dirty Politics…where Hager basically blackmailed journalists into following his line of attack or he would publish their communications with me. With the exception of Andrea Vance it appears he has shunned those journalists this time.

There’s significant public interest in the information, says Phil O’Sullivan, TVNZ’s Editor of Newsgathering. “Our joint investigation raises serious questions about New Zealand’s trust laws, and the ease with which they are manipulated. It’s vitally important the public gets access to leaks like the Panama Papers so we’re very gratified the ICIJ has selected ONE News, RNZ News and Nicky Hager to be their New Zealand partners for this story and likely many more to come.”

Translation….”Woohoo, we’ve got lots of stolen documents, and we plan on breaching people’s privacy just like we did in Dirty Politics because…public interest”.

Alex van Wel, RNZ’s Digital News Editor, says “Collaboration is a great word, sometimes easier to say than to do, but this process has been extraordinary. Seven of New Zealand’s top journalists, day by day, in the same room, sharing ideas, brainstorming, and digging deeper as names and leads emerged. It’s the way of the future, to tackle big data you need lots of minds working together. It’s also a story about power, and money of course – the utterly bewildering mass of trusts and companies in which it flows.

Collaboration is a great word, it was used in France to describe people who worked with the Nazi regime. Back then collaborators were shot. I think these fools are going to find out that when you attack and smear wealthy people who have broken no laws that they tend to have wealthy and powerful lawyers all ready to cut loose.

“Exposing this story has only been possible because of the new digital world in which we live. First the leak from Mossack Fonseca itself, and then the collaboration and coordination by reporters across the world – all in relative secrecy. Great that we’ve been able to uncover New Zealand’s part in it all.”

Translation: “We are laundering the proceeds of a criminal activity, and aren’t we cool about it too…and so cool we get to smear innocent people all under the guise of public interest”.

These media people are deceitful bastards, working with criminals to breach people’s privacy. When it was me no one cared…perhaps they might start caring now that it is apparent that the Media party thinks nothing of destroying lives using criminals to do it.

 

-TVNZ


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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.

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