Political journalists are livid. They're angry with the Government and the arrangements that have led to the state surveillance of journalists such as Andrea Vance (and to a lesser extent, investigative journalist Jon Stephenson). Vance herself has finally spoken out in a column today that is an absolute must-read for those interested in issues of privacy, media freedom and politics in New Zealand—see: I'm angry at my records being released. Vance appears to be particularly unhappy with John Key, Parliamentary Service, David Carter, the GCSB leak inquiry boss David Henry, as well as with politicians in general who she believes have helped threaten the status of media freedom in New Zealand.
I was one of the 153 signers and am a veteran of the Twitter wars. But even I was taken aback by the swift, virulent response.
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The decision vividly illustrates how the doctrine shields police from accountability for using excessive force.
But buried beneath the bilious response to the Harper's joint statement is a worthwhile argument about freedom of association.
The city has passed a new payroll tax on large employers that is expected to raise over $200 million a year.