Written By: - Date published: 11:02 am, July 13th, 2015 - 49 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, blogs, democracy under attack, Dirty Politics, journalism, Media, Politics - Tags: cameron slater, nicky hager
Nicky Hager’s application for review of police decisions is being heard today in the High Court. The case essentially is about whether information seized by the police should have been seized at all, or whether it was covered by journalistic privilege.
In what may be a first there will be live tweeting of the proceedings by Jon Stephenson from Evening Report using the #HagerCase hashtag. Developments can also be followed here. There are some suppression orders in place relating to some details and a ten minute delay so that further suppression requests can be considered on the fly.
The respondents include the Manukau District Court which presumably issued the search warrant used by the police relating to the complaint laid by Cameron Slater.
This post will be updated with developments.
‘Hager was not a suspect. He was a witness. And we have been unable to find any precedent for such a raid’ – Julian Miles QC #HagerCase
— EveningReport.nz (@EveningReportNZ) July 12, 2015
'Police sent TradeMe, Air New Zealand, Jetstar and Westpac requests for personal information about Hager’ – Julian Miles QC #HagerCase
— Selwyn Manning (@Selwyn_Manning) July 13, 2015
Update: How is this for a lack of candour?
Police got a warrant on September 30, 2014, from a District Court judge. Police had a duty of candour in applying for the warrant and had they given the judge the information they should have, both for and against issuing the warrant, it would never have been issued, Miles said.
Hager was described in the application as a “political author“, so police chose not to emphasise to the judge that Hager was a journalist even though the Crown accepts he is a journalist.