The Herald’s behaviour though the fake donations scandal has been appalling.
Frankly the journalist who has led the coverage, Jared Savage, deserves to be sacked. And Herald editor, Tim Murphy, who had the audacity to claim on RNZ that he wouldn’t release the statement because it was still being investigated, should probably follow.
There’s one thing you can do to help them along the way – make a Press Council complaint.
The process for doing so is simple. You start by emailing the editor (email@example.com) with your complaint.
And make sure you are clear and to the point.
If you’re wondering exactly what to complain about you can consult the EPMU’s Journalist Code of Ethics (the EPMU has two members on the Press Council).
If you don’t get a satisfactory answer from the Herald within ten working days you can then file a complaint with the Press Council.
The Council says is only has to “consider” third party complaints. However it’s likely that any member of the Labour Party would be considered an immediate party to the complaint.
Update: There’s been some confusion about that last line. Labour members should make a complaint if they want to. As should non-members. If you are a member then specifying that fact may strengthen your case as members could be considered aggrieved parties rather than just third parties.