Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 17th, 2017 - 26 comments
The ongoing Barclay scandal has taking a familiar turn, with the PM’s office trying dirty tactics on journalists. Meanwhile the pressure builds on English over Barclay’s taxpayer funded disappearing act.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 17th, 2017 - 18 comments
Simon Bridges tried to block the release of a report on a Kiwirail proposal. The Ombudsman warns against flouting the Official Information Act. But it’s a well established pattern of behaviour with this government.
Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, May 24th, 2017 - 41 comments
Ngaro has fronted up with another grudging apology. English should have fired him and it speaks volumes of third-term arrogance that he hasn’t.
Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, May 16th, 2017 - 37 comments
It isn’t just third term arrogance. Ngaro is merely the latest example of National’s long history of attacking, intimidating, and trying to silence critical voices and facts. Take a stroll with me down memory lane…
Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, June 15th, 2016 - 24 comments
One of Giovanni Tiso’s clever “Erratum” series.
Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, March 19th, 2016 - 22 comments
The Police’s return yesterday of Nicky Hager’s data, equipment and belongings is – too little and too late – a measure of justice for Hager. But the process doesn’t end there, and open questions remain.
Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, June 27th, 2015 - 13 comments
Forty percent of scientists surveyed feel that they are unable to speak out on issues within their areas of expertise because of management policy or concern over losing funding.
Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, May 2nd, 2015 - 27 comments
Interesting post from I/S at No Right Turn on the Harmful Digital Communications Bill.
Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, January 14th, 2015 - 27 comments
An excellent piece by Dame Anne Salmond in the Dominion Post yesterday. Salmond reviews the government’s attacks on journalists, institutions and privacy.
Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, October 9th, 2014 - 33 comments
The legal defense fund for Nicky Hager is approaching
$20,000 $25,000 $35,000 $40,000. Why not help it over the line?
Written By: - Date published: 12:09 pm, October 8th, 2014 - 77 comments
The legal defense fund for Nicky Hager is about to hit
$20,000 $25,000. Why not give a little?
Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, July 28th, 2014 - 76 comments
“Conservation Minister Nick Smith is threatening legal action against Fish and Game council members who accused him of trying to gag the organisation.”
Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, December 28th, 2011 - 126 comments
Under cover of Christmas, the Nats are following in their long tradition of intimidating journalists, by going after the teapot tape reporter for “costs”.
Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, November 15th, 2011 - 43 comments
Key is now using the police to intimidate journalists at The Herald and at 3 News to keep the “game changing” teapot tapes from being released. What a surprise! Not. John Key and the Nats have a long, long history of bullying their critics and intimidating the media.
Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, May 5th, 2011 - 24 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 11:08 am, November 11th, 2010 - 61 comments
The latest Nat campaign to stifle those who speak out against them is in full swing. A report that a “Third of rebel schools appear to soften stance on standards” goes on to note the bullying tactics being used against schools to achieve this “compliance”. These tactics have already caused a senior Ministry official in the Auckland region to refuse to participate in the harassment of schools in protest.
Written By: - Date published: 3:01 pm, February 19th, 2010 - 41 comments
The letter warning school boards not to speak out over national standards is an outrage, but John Key and his National Party have a long and dishonourable record of trying to shut down those who speak out to oppose them.