This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.
The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over $53 000 in donations so far and a further $10 000 from International Journalists who fight this kind of Government action globally. It has also shown the ugly side of Dirty Politics seeping into the NZ Police force and the contempt with which the mainstream media views real journalism inside NZ.
John Roughan’s column where he effectively chastises Hager for telling the international media how corrupt the NZ media are, will go down in history as one of those examples studied in media studies classes for years to come. The mainstream media refuse to acknowledge their own role in Dirty Politics, how they enabled and empowered Slater and Roughan’s cheerleading for the draconian police action to gag whistleblowers should give every citizen who cares the reason they need to cancel their Herald subscription.
Are the Police now tainted by Dirty Politics? If you compare the manner in which the Police conducted their inquiry into how Matthew Blomfield had his emails stolen but never investigated and how IPCA are now reinvestigating how a junior cop gave Slater the answer he wanted, I would suggest yes, but here’s another example…
Roast Busters inquiry drags on
Police say they’re still “gathering information” on teen gang the Roast Busters but one young woman who gave statements about the group says she hasn’t heard from investigators in six months.
It’s been a year since the activities of the West Auckland teens came to light, with videos of them boasting of having sex with drunk, underage girls.
…fascinating isn’t it? Slater complains about his stolen emails at the same time as the Greens and Labour lodge complaints about the allegations inside Dirty Politics, yet within 36 days Slater has 5 cops raiding and harassing Nicky Harger’s home for a 10 hour search.
Compare the speed of action the Police can muster for stolen emails that deeply embarrass the Government with the total inaction over a group of teenagers – one of whom is the son of a cop – who boast on social media about sexually assaulting drunk girls. The Police then mislead the public about any of the victims coming forward and even after being caught out lying about that, still have sat on their hands.
The message is clear, if you are the son of a cop or mates with the son of a cop who sexually assault drunk women and boast about it on social media – nothing will happen. If you are a far right hate speech merchant blogger with close connections to the Government of the day who has his emails taken, you will have Police raiding the investigative journalist who published them within about a month.
In a country that electorally rewards Dirty Politics and mass surveillance lies – this is the new normal.