Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Meanwhile, on the same day we learn that the government did spy on a political journalist, we also learn that the army threatened to murder a war correspondent:

Jon Stephenson says the Defence Force mounted a campaign of intimidation against him while he was working in Afghanistan, in an effort to discredit him.

He says that while he was in Afghanistan, a senior officer in the New Zealand special forces, who is still serving, made repeated threats to him and his sources.

Mr Stephenson said he laid a complaint with the police the day the threat was made, in June 2010.

This is completely unacceptable. Our military cannot be allowed to behave like thugs in a dictatorship. The officer involved should be investigated, charged, and prosecuted.