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.
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.
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.
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.
To say that one police action is preventing another is silly.
And I disagree.
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.
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.
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.
I used to watch rugby quite a lot and now find myself only watching when it's convenient as it happened to be on Sunday. What struck me was just how many rules can be broken in rugby, for the most part any minute of play seems to have two or three situations where a rule is broken, most of which go unnoticed by the referee or are "waved on", essentially the referee deciding he can't be arsed stopping play.
The local TV crew could pick any of those breeches of the rules to replay on loop at the ground. It seems weird that rugby does not have a rule about which source of information can be used by the referee - or more accurately does not have five different and contradictory rules that might apply.
I really do love watching the talent and energy on display during a good rugby match but honestly they really need to get their shit together and sort out the rules to allow the game to flow better and not simply at the discretion of the referee.
Having just watched a reasonable amount of the American game it's hard to say rugby flows better and the American game is designed to be played in 15 second bursts!
Quite some change in stagecraft. Not surprising of course.