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An old mate of mine, former Fair Go editor Chris Mitson, wonders why the media aren’t naming the judge who gave Malcolm Chaston bail. After all, Chaston had 71 previous convictions and during his previous stretch in prison, a prison guard had warned of his ambitions to become a serial killer. Police reportedly opposed bail. Chaston […]
Media Law in New Zealand
John Burrows and Ursula Cheer
LexisNexis New Zealand, 6ed, 2010
Reading the latest edition of this terrific text, it’s hard not to be struck by the breathtaking rate of change of New Zealand’s media law. The five years since the last edition have seen the Fairfax contempt prosecution and a string of cases […]
So this is what I’ve been wondering. Mark Hotchin, in 2003 a high flying businessman, director of New Zealand’s biggest private finance company, gets duped in a ponzi scam. He loses more than $200,000 of his own money.
At the time, and since, there were thousands of investors who might have been interested in this insight […]
TVNZ has won its High Court appeal over the Broadcasting Standards Authority’s decision to find that a scene in Hung breached the good taste and decency standard. TV3 lost its appeal over the BSA’s breach finding in relation to Home & Away. Analysis soon.
RNZ is reporting that John Key used an Air Force helicopter to attend social events. It says John Key can’t respond because he’s overseas.
If only someone could create a magical device that would allow us to talk across long distances…
John Pagani reckons the BSA got it right about Aramoana, and I got it wrong. He thinks it was a “balanced call”, made by the experts we’ve appointed to administer standards that, after all, include good taste and decency and children’s interests. For him, I’m a “Bill of Rights fundamentalist” who treats this as an […]
It was based on a really dumb complaint. Here’s the BSA’s summary of the complainant’s original grounds:
… the policeman’s “obscene language” breached standards relating to good taste and decency, law and order, responsible programming and children’s interests. The complainant considered that it gave “a negative impression of New Zealand policing” and that “it signals that […]
I’ve read hundreds of Broadcasting Standards Authority decisions in my time. The vast bulk of them, I agree with. Most of the rest, I figure it’s a line call. Then there are the shockers.
This is one. The BSA has found that a story on the TVNZ current affairs show Sunday about the Aramoana massacre in […]
It’s a bit of a worry when even the police don’t understand the rules of contempt of court.
Police Association President Greg O’Connor scores an F on his understanding of the sub judice rule, as evidenced by his appearance on Close Up to defend the police’s handling of the Tiki Taane arrest.
The sub judice rule says […]
Does Saturday’s front-page DomPost story break the law on reporting possible suicides? I think it does.
The story reports that Timothy Parlane was “killed by a train” shortly after police were warned that he was “suicidal”.
The Coroner’s Act prevents the publication of any particular relating to the manner of death when there’s reasonable cause to believe […]