Update May 3 2018: I see that Dirty Politics operative Matthew Hooton is using this post as some kind of false equivalence with the filthy lies about Clarke Gayford. As you will see it contains nothing that was not being publicly commented on in the media at the time. So if this is Matthew’s best shot it’s – not exactly helping his case is it. Original post below:
A retired judge with considerable experience in laws surrounding online issues says those who share posts which break the law could be legally liable themselves.
The comments by retired Judge Dr David Harvey, who is Director of the New Zealand Centre for ICT Law, come after Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett threatened legal action over an online post accusing her, without evidence, of several historical criminal acts.
According to a cease-and-desist letter sent to a North Island man by lawyers acting for Ms Bennett, a post and video were published on June 30 containing “material highly defamatory of the Deputy Prime Minister”.
The post has been widely circulated and the letter states it has already had more than 5400 shares.
It seems that the source of the allegations is not giving up, if this guy (who seems well informed) is to be believed:
The folks who claim Paula Bennett committed many counts of benefit fraud filed a complaint with WINZ & will camp outside her office Monday
— Danielfrancishirst (@dfrancishirst) August 2, 2017
Perhaps Bennett should get it all out in the open and clear her name. Nothing to hide, nothing to fear – isn’t that the rule that the Nats apply to the rest of us?