Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    over your head there

    Above sand level then ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3417 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to John Morrison,

    Are the newspapers, tv and radio really going to turn a blind eye to this?

    As I've commented before this is a pretty good litmus test for those 4th estate entities that see themselves as genuine news organisations or are happy to be in the pay of the National Party/WO smear machine.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3417 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Luke Williamson,

    doesn’t make Nicky immune from investigation

    The problem for most here is that the nature of the investigation of Hager appears to have been far more intimidatory than anyone would have expected.

    Given the nature of the investigation it would appear that someone in the police or above has the additional intent of warning off any other investigative journalists from digging into anything that might potentially embarrass this government.

    While that is speculation, it fits the observed facts. And most importantly, if true, it is and extremely dangerous attack on the freedom of New Zealanders.

    If this was being reported on the news as occurring in say, Iran, we would all be shaking our heads and saying gosh aren't we lucky to live in a country where it is possible for journalists to question the government.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3417 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    I’m giving they police is that they know better than we armchair critics how to manage there resources

    Oh please. Are you seriously suggesting the police can do no wrong and should never be questioned?

    Here in NZ we have multiple examples in the last five years where the police have chosen to ignore cases that they should have investigated.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    There’s clearly no way that Rawshark (or Whaledump, or whatever) knew that he was acting in the public interest when he targeted Slater’s communications.

    That is simply not true. There have been rumours going around that WO has had special access to OIAs and information that he should not have had access to for ages. There was a very high chance that records such as those that were in fact found would be on his computers.

    The attack on his computers was illegal. But I strongly suspect that the person made the attack with the intention of exposing exactly what was exposed, that is the crime was commited for the public good.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    even if a court may have ruled that they are not considered such for the purposes of law

    If you are referring to recent case where the author of a biography was not considered a journalist and applying that to Hager then I suspect you are stretching the court's ruling beyond its intent. Certainly the case for Hager being a journalist is at the very least arguable in court if not a slam dunk.

    It strikes me that you are dismissing his role as a journalist to try and make your arguments stronger whereas they have no relevance to your arguments.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3417 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    To say that one police action is preventing another is silly.

    And I disagree.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3417 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    There was definitely a crime committed

    Not all crimes are equal.

    Police resources are not infinite.

    Both of these are facts and given those facts it is a reasonable question to ask why are significant police resources being applied to this case.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3417 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    The very fact of the search may deter future whistleblowers.

    A cynical person who believed that this government is corrupt and dishonest might believe that deterrence of future whistleblowers was precisely the point.

    I'm so glad I live in a civilised democracy where the police force do not intimidate journalists who dare to embarrass the government of the day by publishing inconvenient truths.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3417 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Home advantage, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    He basically committed a shoulder charge, his arms weren’t making a tackling motion, that’s for sure.

    It was stupid and ill-disciplined, simple as that.

    As were numerous "tackles" during the game - most of which were ignored. That is the point.

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