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We’re reporting their news, there

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I’m following the US election closely, and I’m a Radio NZ listener, so you’d think I’d be applauding Radio NZ’s decision to send Geoff Robinson there to report the elections from the ground.
But really, I’m wondering why they’ve spent the money. How many of Geoff’s interviews couldn’t have been done from here by phone? (How […]

White Knight

Friday, October 31st, 2008

The Wellington City Council is requiring prior approval and bonds for the posting of political posters on council-owned poster bollards, and is apparently restricting their locations. Dean Knight rightly takes issue with this policy here and here.

Labour’s YouTube Boob 2

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I mentioned the Electoral Commission v Cameron case in the post below. The Court of Appeal granted judicial review against an Advertising Standards Authority decision upholding a complaint against the Electoral Commission.
One of the grounds of that decision was that the ASA shouldn’t have used its own complaints jurisdiction to trespass on the Electoral Commission’s […]

Labour’s YouTube Boob

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Did John Key say National would cut KiwiSaver in half? That’s what Labour said in their “John and John” ad. The ad was broadcast on TV and posted on YouTube.
One S Davies-Colley thought was misleading, and complained about it.
Under NZ’s increasingly creaky media law edifice, complaints about TV and radio election ads go to the Broadcasting Standards Authority. But […]

Staying power?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I’ve said that the failure of the Fairfax contempt prosecution is a blow for the arms charge defendants’ chances of getting a stay of prosecution due to prejudicial publicity. If the case had succeeded, it would have been difficult for the presecutors and the courts to proceed with prosecutions. After all, two High Court judges […]

In case you missed it…

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Here’s an op-ed piece I wrote for the DomPost. Full credit to the boys (rugby was the winner on the day) for publishing it, because it’s not entirely flattering. Before that, they commissioned an independent and thoughtful piece from Karl du Fresne. The paper’s trial coverage was also fair and balanced. Credit to Tim Pankhurst […]

Blow me down

Friday, October 10th, 2008

I confess, I thought Fairfax and Tim Pankhurst were goners. But they have survived the contempt application for their “Terrorism Files” story mostly unscathed.
I say “mostly” because the judges found that they should have been prosecuted for breaching suppression orders and the Crimes Act provision outlawing disclosure of intercepted communications. “We are at a loss to understand […]

Interesting UK defamation trends

Friday, October 10th, 2008

UK research into defamation reveals another hike in lawsuits from celebrities (32% of claims), and an increasing readiness by media organisations to settle (61% of cases result in a statement in open court). Results from 2007 had tracked an increase in claims from people accused of terrorism, and claims against posts on blogs and message […]

Libel by song

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

A British magazine that quoted a song whose lyrics suggested that a politician was involved in an assault has settled a defamation lawsuit for a five-figure sum.

A case to keep an eye on

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Max Mosley, who successfully sued for invasion of privacy over the disgraceful “Nazi sex orgy” hidden camera sting, is taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights with an interesting argument: the law should require the media to give advance notice to the subjects of their revelations before publishing them. That would give […]

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