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Archive for January, 2012

Online defamation: is it any different?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

This is my column in NZ Lawyer magazine for 27 January 2012.
Are the laws of defamation different online?I’m picking this question is going to garner increasing debate in the next few years. The answer, of course, is straightforward. Ask any blogger (they are seldom shy of venturing legal opinions) and they’ll tell you that there […]

Silly old TVNZ

Friday, January 27th, 2012

This is why I don’t like doing TV. I gave TVNZ news an interview on the teapot saga yesterday, explaining my views as below that the risk is low for anyone who publishes the contents of the tape.
Their broadcast asserts as a fact that “we can’t broadcast what was said for legal reasons”. Later the […]

Teapot pours out

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Someone’s put the teapot tape online. That’s the conversation between the PM and ACT candidate John Banks that cameraman Bradley Ambrose said he inadvertently recorded, during the most covered cuppa in NZ history.
The media, and even many bloggers, seem hesitant about linking to it. I’m not.
Here’s why. Put aside the question of whether it was […]

Confessions of a tabloid journalist

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

For those who just caught be on Nine-to-Noon, those who’ve read Nick Davies’ excellent Flat Earth News, and those who are just interested in what goes on behind the scenes at UK tabs, here’s an insider’s expose, from former Daily Star journo Richard Peppiatt, who gave evidence to the Leveson inquiry.
Highlights: journalists never take a […]