Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, September 10th, 2014 - 66 comments
Categories: democracy under attack, john key, Media, national, same old national - Tags: cameron slater, dirty politics, jason ede, matt blomfield, matthew blomfield
In breaking news Cameron Slater’s application for an injunction against various media outlets preventing publication of further Dirty Politics stories has been withdrawn. The terms of the settlement as outlined in the NBR are as follows:
In consideration for Mr Slater dropping the injunction, the media companies agreed to not to use information that was not in the public interest, including but not limited to Mr Slater’s wife, children, medical information, the death of his mother and other inherently personal information regarding Mr Slater and his friends.
The lawyer for the media, Julian Miles QC, had told the court on Friday his media companies defendants would not go near such information anyway.
No doubt Slater will claim success. If it is to be considered to be a victory is is only of the most pyrrhic kind.
I posted earlier that I thought his prospects against the media were not so good and I thought that as long as the media confirmed that personal emails should remain private then they would be able to refer to the emails that were in the public interest. Clearly the media are interested in only running stories where there is a public interest.
Slater has made application for a return of the hacked information. I am not sure of the details and I don’t know why he would do this unless he thinks that if he has access to the raw data this may give him a clue as to who Whaledump is. If so it is funny that Slater should not be respecting a Journalist’s right to keep such information secret when he is claiming in another case that he has such a right. Presuming this is correct he is asserting a right in the Blomfield case that he is denying exists in the Whaledump case.
The way should now be open for publication of stories relating to the Jason Ede emails. National has still not presented any plausible reason why John Key’s office should have used state supplied resources to engage in politics of the dirtiest kind. If we want to ensure the health of our democracy this is a story that needs to be explored to the deepest darkest corners of the form of Dirty Politics that National is engaged in.