Wednesday, March 02, 2016

No press freedom in New Zealand

What happens if you expose police incompetence around firearms safety? The police give you a criminal record:

TV3's Story co-host is off the hook, with police opting not to charge Heather du Plessis-Allan after their investigation into her gun purchase in one episode.

The journalist came under police investigation after a televised story exposing loopholes in how guns can be purchased online.

Police announced on Wednesday afternoon they instead issued formal warnings to three TV3/MediaWorks staff.

Which will show up on future background checks and potentially damage their future employment prospects. Its hard to see this as anything other than police vindictiveness over having their failings exposed. But as their continued refusal to admit wrongdoing over Arthur Allen-Thomas shows, the police place their reputation over justice, even when everyone outside their organisation knows its mud.