web analytics

Key attacks another journalist

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, May 5th, 2011 - 24 comments
Categories: afghanistan, democracy under attack, john key, Media - Tags: , ,

The Nats are obviously worried about public reaction to the recent revelations on the role of the SAS in Afghanistan. And as is usually the case when they feel threatened by a story, the Nats are striking out, trying to discredit or intimidate the source. This time it’s John Key, going after the journalist:

PM attacks journalist over SAS torture claims

Prime Minister John Key has attacked the credibility of the journalist who has raised questions about New Zealand’s elite soldiers in Afghanistan and whether they were complicit in torture. …

The article outlined two instances last year where SAS forces allegedly captured suspects and handed them to Afghanistan authorities, including the Afghan secret police, the National Directorate of Security, which has a reputation for torturing prisoners. New Zealand has signed several international conventions outlawing the inhumane detention of prisoners, including torture.

Stephenson last night countered by challenging the Defence Force to face an independent inquiry. “I’m happy to put my information before an inquiry. Any fair or impartial inquiry will show that they are the ones misleading the public. Not me.” …

Stephenson also said the source of his story about the SAS intervention was credible. His translator could confirm the interview took place, he said. “I go to great lengths to ensure that my reporting is accurate, fair, and I regard [this] as an unjustifiable attack on my credibility.”

Key of course, is an old hand at this. Let’s not forget his attempt to shut down the “we would love to see wages drop” story by putting pressure on a journalist and his employers (to the extent of trying to get him sacked?). This led to the unprecedented response of Herald journalists writing a letter of protest over Key’s political interference.

This is part of a consistent pattern of behaviour for the Nats. We had Bill English, bullying journalists who were covering the story of his personal hypocrisy and greed. Nick Smith has tried the same tactics. And so on and so on. The Nats prefer their media coverage sycophantic, thank you very much.

24 comments on “Key attacks another journalist ”

  1. ianmac 1

    There is a lot at stake for the credibility of Key and the Governor General designate. So he will squash this heavily and the MSM will touch their collective fore-lock. I did see the 60 Minute program and to me, it did seem to be well researched and credible . What happens next?

  2. Bunji 2

    Saw this. Thought Stephenson should sue Key for libel.

    If the prime minister saying he doesn’t find you “credible” doesn’t affect your chance to make a living as a freelancer, I don’t know what does.

    • TightyRighty 2.1

      What does helen clark think of ian wishart? or for that matter anyone on the left?

      • TightyRighty 2.1.1

        ooooohhhh ooooohh ooooohhh, one more, what does clare curran think of the main stream media in general? is that an indication of labour feeling the heat of the slow road to oblivion?

      • Morrissey 2.1.2

        You really are a twit. Are you trying to compare Jon Stephenson, a serious, well-informed journalist who is esteemed by his peers, with Ian Wishart?

        • HitchensFan

          LOL – IAN WISHART?????????????????????

          are you for real? Does anyone but the most right-wing, religious nut job (e.g. Redbaiter) take that man seriously?

          What do you THINK Helen Clark thinks of him? She’s a smart woman, so work it out for yourself.

          • Carol

            Wishart who claimed (at length and prominently) that the Clark government was the most corrupt one in NZ’s history & that Clark had lied about her sexuality & would therefore lie about politics? Where is this champion of the 4th estate since NAct has been the government, and how is he going holding THIS government to account for its dictatorial abuses of democratic process, it’s spin and deception, and the various known liars in and/or attached to NAct?

          • TightyRighty

            to you and morrisey, it’s not a comparison of journalistic skills, it’s a comparison of the ways prime ministers have treated individuals within the media. Ian Wishart is the Nicky Hager of the right, without the multi-million dollar trust fund though.

            What does helen clark think of Duncan Garner then?

            • HitchensFan

              “Ian Wishart is the Nicky Hager of the right”

              Um. No. Not even close.

            • Morrissey

              Dear old “TightyRighty” is out of his depth. Not content with being mildly admonished by various people, he goes on to compound his earlier foolishness….

              1. …it’s not a comparison of journalistic skills
              In fact, it is. Stephenson is highly intelligent, thorough and utterly professional. The other fellow is not.

              2. Ian Wishart is the Nicky Hager of the right
              No he is not. Hager is intelligent, knowledgeable, well read and thoughtful. The other fellow is not.

              You’re way out of your comfort zone, my friend. I suggest you stop digging.

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    Stephenson says his txt for Duncan Garner went to Key- by mistake!

    To me this is a sign that Stephenson and probably Garners mobile phone accounts are under surveillance.
    This would be a common feature along with phone calls that end up going to the wrong person.

    • Pascal's bookie 3.1

      Way I heard it Garner was big noting about havng the PMs number and some other peeps were testing it out.

    • Pascal's bookie 3.2

      In any case, it’s a bullshit non answer from the PM on serious business.

      This isn’t some Wishartian fantasy tale about Dunedin sex cells.

  4. infused 4

    The guys a moron. Always has been. Good way to sell mags.

  5. Pascal's bookie 5

    Not seeing any defence from the righties.

    The guy has quotes from serving SAS members who feel uncomfortable about what they are being asked to do.

    Step on up to call them morons lads.

  6. Deadly_NZ 6

    And now Old Shonkey don’t have to abuse the media, they just bought TV3, and TV1 is rubbish, and prime is well, the best of of the lot..

  7. I see the facts on one side and the name calling on the other. That’s usually a good indication of who is correct.

  8. seeker 8

    Why did Judith Collins keep calling Patrick Gower “Paddy” as he interviewed her about travel expenses ($11,000approx.) on TV3news tonight(6pm.)?? It sounded so pally and in the pocket.
    Do they have history?

  9. Jilly Bee 9

    I think nearly all the MPs call him Paddy – or maybe it’s just the NACT MPs on reflection, but it doesn’t sound, nor look too good. I would believe Jon Stevenson’s version of events long before I would believe what John Key has to say.

  10. RobertM 10

    Hager is a competent left wing journalist and researcher. Wishart is more sociable and if a very amateur journalist by persistence did Labour significant damage in 2006-8. Simon Wilson is a professional journalist of high calibre whose very left stand is disguised by a a very skilled approach.
    But on the Afghanistan issue and the issues of our involvement and the SAS all our bureaucracy and media are really operating in a sphere were they lack sufficient staff and advice and depth. The military at the operational level are in the general level to understand the playing field and issues even from a right wing perspective let alone operational factors more competently. A small nation and small forces in a sphere of action like Afghanistan have to operate largely under the control and doctrines of US, UK and Aus forces to be of any value at all. Obviously nothing more than the general and greater truth can be released to the public for reasons of troop safety, morale, operational effectiveness and the credibility and drive of the whole anti terrorist actions.
    Rhys Jones is doing a good job as the ‘general’ in command of NZ forces. The first outstanding NZ force commander since Martyn Dunne,
    Having said that the ‘kill’ of Bin Laden having been completed, NZ and US withdrawal from the theatre should be as rapid as can be efficiently can be conducted. There is not enough consensus in the West to continue the campaign until new approaches and forces can be developed- and it is too destabalising to the far more important Pakistan to continue operating there.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago