Marlborough Express still ignores threats of legal action

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As mentioned in a previous post, the Marlborough Express has absolutely failed to cover the threatening late-night emails from the mayor to Corey Hebberd, spokesman of the residents’ and ratepayers’ association for his legitimate questioning about the massive financial failings of the “world-class” theatre.

Tensions were raised after an email sent by Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman to a community group spokesman surfaced the day before last week’s critical council meeting on the theatre’s finances.

Sowman told Blenheim Residents and Ratepayers Association spokesman Corey Hebberd in his email to attend the meeting early to get a front row seat.

“I could make you a star and all the audience can see you for what you are.”

Sowman is in China on a council trip and was unavailable for comment.

A council spokeswoman said the council had no comment to make.

Hebberd said he was “shocked and disappointed” by the email.

“I’m not sure anybody expects to be spoken to by an elected representative like that regardless of their views. I have been courteous throughout. I don’t think it was deserved, people will read into it what they will. I didn’t reply and don’t intend to.”

So, why is the Marlborough Express failing to publish the late-night emails from Mayor Sowman threatening Corey Hebberd with legal action? What hold does the Mayor have over the Marlborough Express?


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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.

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