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Press Council upholds Bill English complaint

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Remember the kurfuffle about Bill English’s 14-year-old son posting homophobic remarks on Bebo? The Press Council says that the Southland Times’ coverage breached the paper’s duty to respect privacy of “person, space and personal information” and to exercise “particular care and consideration when reporting on and about children and young people.” The Southland Times’ front-page story was […]

Name suppression not automatic in diversion cases

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Fairfax has won a significant victory in the Court of Appeal, which has ruled that people who have been given diversion should not automatically have their names suppressed. Justice Wild had held that they should, absent “compelling reasons” or “very special circumstances”. That effectively upended the usual presumption of openness.  The Court of Appeal said: … […]

Banned book: get your copy now

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Anne Hunt’s book Broken Silence, which I think I’m right to say is the only book ever to be banned and ordered to be pulped by NZ’s High Court, is now available for you to buy. The ban was overturned last year in a case I argued in the Court of Appeal (Hunt v A […]

I’m trivia!

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Today’s DomPost 5-minute quiz: 5. Victoria University academic Steven Price is an authority in which field of law? (Quick correction: I’m a barrister rather than an academic these days.)


Monday, March 3rd, 2008

A welcome new addition to the NZ Herald: Keith Ng’s new column “Just the facts”, which seeks to ferret out the truth behind factual and statistical claims made by politicians (… and the media?). I think we need more of this kind of journalism. Keith Ng, you may remember, famously exposed the misuse of statistics […]

Falun Going Going Gong?

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Can the Wellington City Council ban Falun Gong’s signs from the Botannical Gardens? In a typically thoughtful and comprehensive post, Dean Knight concludes: nope, unless they’re attached to structures. He also notes that there’s no rule as such against political signs. It seems from today’s DomPost (offline) that the council might be softening its attitude. […]

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