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But is it privacy?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

The Evening Standard has printed an apology for falsely reporting that Prince Philip was suffering from prostate cancer: We now accept that the story was untrue and that he is not suffering from any such condition. We unreservedly apologise both to him and to his family for making this distressing allegation and for breaching his […]

When half a quote isn’t better than none

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

You might have spotted my star turn on One News last night.¬†It was part of a story about National referring the taped-conversations affair (“CocktailGate”?) to the police. Might there have been a crime? Here’s the quote One News used from me, suggesting that I told them that the recording “may have broken the law”: If […]

Picking up the Bill II

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

So now John Key is accusing Labour of being behind the “bugging” of conversations at the cocktail party. He suggested on Morning Report this morning that the repeated questions put to Bill English about Kiwibank sounded like someone was trying to set him up. (Key is also¬†throwing in the suggestion that Labour was behind Nicky […]

Picking up the Bill

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Did whoever surreptitiously recorded Bill English break the law? What about the media who published the conversation or its contents? It’s a crime to tape a conversation between other people if the circumstances indicate that one of the conversers wants it to be private (section 216B of the Crimes Act). I have no idea how […]

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