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Archive for July, 2008

Target under fire

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

A few years ago, I did a report for RNZ’s MediaWatch programme, raising questions about whether the hidden camera stings in TV3’s Target programme were complying with broadcasting standards and the law of trespass. Over the years, Target has survived a string of broadcasting standards complaints. The producers deserve some credit. They always take care to try to […]

The media’s revenge

Monday, July 28th, 2008

A MailOnline profile on Justice Eady: “As cold as a frozen haddock, Mr Justice Eady hands down his views shorn of moral balance”. Mean. News of the World strikes back, too.

Okay, so does Mosley affect NZ law?

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Quite a bit, potentially. Remember, there was no claim in defamation (Mosley now says he’ll bring a separate lawsuit for that). And Mosley had failed in his injunction bid because the cat was out of the bag – the pictures were in the public domain. Remember, too, that the framework of the law in the […]

Highlights from Mosley v News Group Newspapers

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

This is the privacy case against News of the World for publishing hidden camera photos and video clips of Formula One boss Max Mosley’s B & D session with five women. The paper alleged (wrongly, the judge found) that the sessions involved Nazi role-playing that effectively mocked the suffering of the Jews in the death […]

Jesus, this law sucks

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

A belated note: the UK has abolished the offence of blasphemy. It was a stupid offence for any number of reasons, not least of which is that it only applies to insulting Christianity. I’m with Norightturn, who reckons it’s time to follow suit in NZ. Blasphemous libel is still in the Crimes Act.  There has […]

A burning issue

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I’m afraid my tirade about the ridiculousness of Valerie Morse’s conviction for burning a flag didn’t do any good. She lost her appeal to the High Court. Morse burned a flag at last year’s Anzac Day dawn parade at the Cenotaph in Wellington. She was gathered with other protestors in the university grounds over the road. She burned […]

Well, der.

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

What was Radio NZ thinking? It tried to appeal against a BSA decision that had RNZ dead to rights. RNZ didn’t even argue in the High Court that it got its facts right – just that the BSA shouldn’t have ordered it to broadcast a correction. RNZ tried to argue that events had moved on, and that the correction would be […]

Fair enough?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

In Which Steven Writes Another Overly Long Post About A Controversial But Potentially Significant BSA Appeal, And Starts Off Disagreeing With The Judge, But Winds Up Coming Close To Changing His Mind, Perhaps Because She Cites His Article.    Justice Mallon has overturned a Broadcasting Standards Authority decision that found a Close Up programme unfair (search for “Heather Green” here). I discussed the original decision here. To […]


Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

The Society for the Promotion of Community Standards was angered by this T-shirt (scroll down a bit). So they asked the censor to ban it. He did. You might be surprised that T-shirts can be censored. But they can, just like books, films, papers, billboards, or material on a website. Why did he ban it? […]