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Marshalling the facts?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

You may recall that I blogged about a student who accused journalist Jonathan Marshall of trying to persuade him to lie to university staff to extract information from them. The Sunday Star-Times’ editor called it “complete fantasy”. I’ve just had another long conversation with the student concerned. His memory of Jonathan’s approach is detailed. He says it happened after a tutorial […]

18-year-old in Hughes incident awarded injunction

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The student who made the complaint against Darren Hughes has obtained a High Court injunction preventing him from being identified. The claim is made against Fairfax, APN, TVNZ, MediaWorks and bloggers Danyl McLauchlan and David Farrer. The injunction, however, applies to anyone with notice of it. It would be a contempt of court to breach […]

Jonathan Marshall’s methods

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I have been contacted by a student at Victoria University who said he was approached by the Sunday Star-Times’ Jonathan Marshall at university last week, on the hunt for information about the 18-year-old at the centre of the Darren Hughes incident. He said Marshall asked him to go to a university office and pretend to […]

Justice: A book so good that Garth McVicar plans to read it

Monday, March 28th, 2011

A new book on the justice system has hit the bookshop shelves. It’s called “Justice: Speaking Up For Crime’s Silent Victims”. The cover features a staunch-looking Garth McVicar, whose name also appears in large letters at the bottom. Guess who wrote this book. Hint: not Garth McVicar. I presume when you open it up you are […]

Paul Henry broadcasting complaint

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The BSA has found that TVNZ’s actions in response to Paul Henry’s ill-judged comments about the Governor-General were sufficient. Good call, I think. Along the way, though, they also found that the comments breached standards of good taste and decency, fairness and discrimination. Perhaps that’s not too surprising. TVNZ had upheld the complaint on all […]

Sunday Star-Times looks to be in contempt

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Publishing interviews with jurors about the case they have decided is a contempt of court. Our courts have said that if jurors thought  their deliberations may be made public, they’d be less willing to serve on a jury and less willing to be frank during deliberations. Revisiting cases may also upset the finality of jury verdicts. […]


Friday, March 18th, 2011

Shouldn’t some journalists be asking the government, and Rodney Hide in particular, whether the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act follows the principles in the Regulatory Standards Bill…?

The earthquake privacy debate continues

Friday, March 18th, 2011

The Court Report last week featured a debate over the quake coverage and whether it may have invaded the privacy of some of the victims. (I reprise my role as reporter for the show, and interview Tim Watkin from TVNZ and, who defends the coverage). On the panel are VUW senior lecturer Dr Nicole Moreham, […]

Laws unto himself

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Michael Laws comes up with a brilliant, savage parody of what a deranged right-winger might think about the case of Arie Smith. Genius.

You’ve got to be joking

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Okay, when you’re part of a trash-talking video barracking for Crawley Town in its upcoming fixture with Manchester United, it’s offensive to make airplane crashy dance gestures referencing the famous 1958 tragedy that killed eight Man United players. (Watch the plonker on the right). But it is surely not criminal. Or so I would have thought. But no, […]

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