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Friday, February 29th, 2008

I’ve just come back from the injunction hearing. The application has been adjourned for 7 days to allow the defendants to look at the documentation (which they’ve only just received) and work out what position to adopt. This is pretty standard. The injunctions are continued in the meantime.
There are two sets of proceedings: one by […]

Illegal exclusion of media?

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Yesterday, Justice Panckhurst closed the court to the media in a preliminary hearing on the Bain case. He is reported as saying that discussions were sensitive and could have implications for a fair trial. But these are not grounds for excluding the media. Check out section 138 of the Criminal Justice Act:
138 Power to clear […]

Media gagged on Health Board report

Friday, February 29th, 2008

The Director-General of Health has won an injunction preventing media publication of a draft report into the conflict of interest at the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. The Herald is reporting that the court order also requires the media to deliver up any copies they may hold. The Dominion Post reports:
But last night the Crown Law […]

Ad strategy: attract complaints?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Surely Hell Pizza is trying to make its ads offensive so that it can attract extra publicity by having complaints against them upheld. How else to explain its direct mail ad that says:
Hell Spicy BBQ Pork Spare Ribs are by all accounts a lot like having sex with Jenny Shipley - messy but good.
I’m guessing Hell […]

Something to get depressed about

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

The coverage of the story about the effectiveness of anti-depressants. Russell Brown provides some context.  Russell also had to clean up the mess 60 Minutes made of the Herceptin story. And who can forget TVNZ’s leap onto the miracle cancer-cure lyprinol bandwagon? I mean, really, can’t we expect the paid journalists to do this work before […]

NZ and Aussie Press Councils to co-host public forum

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

It’s called “The Press and the Right to Know Under Seige”, and will feature a key-note address from Media Law Guru John Burrows QC, and presentations from the chairs of the NZ and Australian Press Councils, Barry Paterson QC and Prof Ken McKinnon respectively. It will be chaired by Justice Randerson.
It will be held on […]

Police raid TV3

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

It’s being reported that police are executing a search warrant in TV3’s premises.
As I’ve noted, given the case law, I’m not surprised that the police were able to obtain a warrant. An important factor for a judge in deciding whether to grant the warrant is the cogency of the evidence. Here it seems likely that TV3 have information about the identity of a confessed criminal. (NB It […]

“Confusing” is right

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Deborah Hill Cone opines that the Advertising Standards Complaints Board decision about the Charlies ad is “confusing”.
So’s her column.
She says the decision, upholding the complaint about the ad, is confusing because much more graphic non-cartoony stuff is shown on telly, such as Californication.
Then she says that the ads have commercial motives, and that this is a reason that they are […]

BSA finds TV screwed up coverage of Electoral Finance Bill

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

I brought these complaints, together with the Coalition for Open Government. The BSA has found TV3’s and TVNZ’s coverage of the Electoral Finance Bill, when it was first revealed to the public, contained significant inaccuracies.
These complaints related only to this early coverage, though I think we could have complained about other coverage, too.
COG thought that it […]

Medaling with justice?

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

No doubt you’ve heard that John Campbell interviewed a guy he said was one of the War museum medal thieves. He said TV3 had made only one promise: not to reveal his identity. (Except for the other promise, which was not to ask him about the reward money, though Campbell reported that the man said he […]

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