Written By: - Date published: 6:46 am, October 24th, 2014 - 71 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, David Farrar, law, police - Tags: #dirtypolitics, dirty politics, nicky hager, police, rod oram
The police are taking legal action against Nicky Hager:
Police taking Hager to court over docs
The police searched Mr Hager’s home earlier this month looking for the source material for his book, Dirty Politics, which alleges underhand activity by National Party politicians. … However, they were sealed with the High Court when Mr Hager claimed they were privileged. The police are now asking a High Court judge to let them review the documents.
The action against Hager was and is designed to intimidate, to suppress debate. Hager, however, has his own ideas, and is taking legal action against the police:
Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager’s home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources. Rather than search those documents, the Police sealed them and lodged them with the High Court pending directions from the Court. Mr Hager had concerns that the search was unlawful and sought legal advice.
Mr Hager has now had a chance to consult his lawyers. He believes even more strongly that the Police have acted outside of the law in seizing his property and seeking to search through all of his documents. Mr Hager has decided to challenge the Police’s actions by way of judicial review. He expects to launch those proceedings during the next few days.
Fundraising for Hager has also gone international, with a separate fund started by the Freedom of the Press Foundation (whose directors include Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.) That fund stands (at time of writing) at US$18,217, and its not too late to donate to that one either.
Let’s remember what’s at stake here. Rod Oram in the Sunday Star Times:
Suppression of debate in NZ
Is free and rigorous debate increasingly suppressed in New Zealand?
No, says, John Roughan, John Key’s biographer and a New Zealand Herald editorial writer, in his article available at http://bit.ly/Roughan
Yes, says, Nicky Hager, investigative journalist. He laid out chapter and verse in a recent article in the UK’s Guardian (http://bit.ly/Hager), as he did in his book Dirty Politics. His piece triggered Roughan’s blistering response.
I say yes. Suppression of evidence, ideas and debate, in ways subtle and now increasingly brutal, is my experience as a business journalist in New Zealand. It is no consolation we are just a micro example of an accelerating trend worldwide.
I say to the Slaters, Grahams, Odgers, Farrars, Edes, Lusks, Williamses, Collinses and all their ilk, you are destroying some good people and good society.
And all of their ilk…