No one else is going to say anything hu?
To be honest I bit my tongue at the time and waited for the giants of our media landscape to step forward and say something. Because you know, what happened was terrible and it demanded a response that had all our Journalistic best and brightest lining up to turn attention onto what occurred and to denounce it in no uncertain language.
But I didn’t see anything or anyone.
It’s been a full 7 days so I think it’s down to me to say something.
So I suppose I better just do that.
Rachel Stewart, the award winning columnist, the journalist brave enough to face off against the largest and most powerful lobby groups in the country – that Rachel Stewart.
The Rachel Stewart who has the courage to criticise Fonteera’s lies, DairyNZ lies, the Rachel Stewart who was threatened with rape by Federated Farmer members on twitter, the Rachel Stewart who uses her media platform to actually hold the bastards of this world to account – THAT Rachel Stewart.
Had this happen to her 7 days ago
That’s right. 7 Days ago Rachel Stewart had her column in the NZ Herald censored. It had powerful names pulled in the print version. After Stewart tweeted her column had been heavily edited removing many of the Dairy Industry targets of her criticism (this tweet was later deleted), the NZ Herald republished the original online.
I don’t know what is most terrifying to me.
A newspaper simply going over the top of an award winning columnist by censoring her attacks against a corporate overlord like Fonteera or the fact that no one else seems to have noticed that it even happened.
Rachel Stewart is a journalist legend in this country who holds the powerful to account with an intelligence and righteous disgust against environmental degradation that makes her one of the few columnists I religiously read. That the NZ Herald attempted to gag her is extraordinary and speaks to the influence corporate Dairy has over the media culture.
This can’t be allowed to ever happen again.