This headline speaks for itself. Tea tape: TVNZ, RNZ to be searched – “Four media outlets, including Radio New Zealand and TVNZ, are to be searched for any material they might have in their possession that relates to the tea pot tapes”. Radio New Zealand’s head of news Don Rood is refusing to hand over material and says they will protect their sources.
Key is still refusing to discuss it – Asked if he was at war with New Zealand’s media he said “I don’t think that is an accurate description.”
This is outrageous. If the Police do think an investigation is warranted (and, face it, you and I wouldn’t get an investigation launched if we thought someone had intentional taped our conversation without permission but hadn’t published it), then they should wait until after the election to undertake these actions. Doing it now can only be seen as an attempt to intimidate and silence the media, and protect John Key. The Police are injecting themselves into a major political issue days from an election with a clear political bias. It is a fundamental breach of our constitution.