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I was watching Seven Sharp on Tuesday, and caught Mike Hosking’s closing monologue:
Bad news. I’m afraid the IPCC – the International Panel on Climate Change – has issued its latest report. It’s 2,600 pages long and spans 32 volumes. But I can sum it up for you. Ah, we’re stuffed. The seas are rising, the […]
More specifically, is Cameron Slater entitled to the same privilege to protect sources that other journalists have?
As the NZ Herald reports, the owner/operator/author of NZ’s most widely read blog is being sued for defamation. The plaintiff has formally asked him whether he knows the name of his source. (You might have thought that the answer […]
The good news, for the Law Commission: the government thinks the Commission’s report on media regulation - recommending the establishment of a one-stop media complaints body serving print, broadcast and online platforms - is “excellent”.
The bad news: the government has rejected that recommendation.
I summarised the Commission’s proposal in an earlier post. In short, the idea […]
I confess I’m entirely befuddled by the Dominion Post’s front-page lead on Saturday, “Prosecution for breaching paedophile’s rights”. Can someone help me out here?
Isn’t the story conflating the Commission with the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, an independent office within the HRC? But why is the Office of Human Rights Proceedings bringing a “prosecution”? Does […]
The NZ Law Commission has recommended that we scrap the Press Council, Broadcasting Standards Authority and nascent Online Media Standards Authority, and replace them with one body setting and policing news standards across the board.
The Commission suggests we call it the “News Media Standards Authority” (NMSA). It would look more like the current Press Council […]
Responding to his MP Richard Prosser’s Investigate column about banning all Muslims from airplanes, did Winston Peters really say this?
I’ve told him he cannot have a view that doesn’t have the balance in the other side of the argument.
Where on earth does that come from? This was an opinion column. By a politician. Neither require balance. […]
Media Watch’s Colin Peacock did a particularly excellent job this week in holding the media’s feet to the fire about its reporting on the firestorm about bail laws.
Maybe I’m being overly nitpicky in objecting to this headline in a story on nzherald.co.nz:
Harawira’s asset sale comments ‘insightful’ - BSA
The Broadcasting Standards Authority was rejecting a complaint from Family First over a 3 News story that mentioned John Key’s assurance that asset sale share prices would be “affordable for a lot of New Zealanders”, […]
According to a recent poll, 48% of us think it’s likely that Ewen Macdonald killed Scott Guy. Only 20% of us think it’s likely that he was not guilty.
Apparently, the Dominion Post believes that this means that:
…just 20 per cent of people surveyed agreed with Ewen Macdonald being acquitted of slaying Mr Guy outside his […]
So the head of TVOne and Two, Jeff Latch, asks for a powwow with Fair Go staff. Labour broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran asks whether, at that meeting, he asked them to go easy on TVNZ’s advertisers. Here’s his response:
“The key points I made at that meeting was that the heart of Fair Go for the past 20 odd years it […]