"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts

Until we have legislation adopted into law to ensure fiduciary accountability and transparency in public affairs we will continue to have human rights breached because the existing crown immunity and lack of any independent oversight invites corruption to flourish.


"Question authority, and think for yourself" - Timothy Leary


"We have maintained a silence closely resembling stupidity" - Neil Roberts


"Information is the currency of democracy" - Thomas Jefferson


‎"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." - Margaret Mead

"The truth is like a lion, you don't have to defend it. Let it loose, it will defend itself."

"I = m c 2 [squared] where "I" am information" - Timothy Leary

"Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen

"The internet is a TV that watches you"

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Propaganda and censorship - New laws to silence the truth

Quoted verbatim from the Herald (Derek Cheng) 15 October 2010: (my comments in red)

The Government is looking into regulating bloggers, Twitter, Facebook and other internet-based publishing to protect the integrity of the justice system.  The police are already "looking into" sites that question their own integrity: Kevin Basher---07/09/2010 07:47:45---Something needs to be looked at regarding RAUE using her 'Blog" to make statements regarding our staff .   What?!!  Regulating blogs, or even reading them, is NOT police business.  Furthermore, let's remember that I was sacked from St Mathews Collegiate and South End School following the local police contacting both schools and putting pressure on them to sack me, telling the South End School that they'd recently charged me with child abuse.  


But bloggers warn it is very difficult to draw a line between what should and should not be published over the internet, and regulation can always be sidestepped by setting up a site overseas.
Television, radio and newspapers reports about criminal trials or other aspects of the justice system are regulated by standards of balance, truth and fairness.  They are not regulated at all, they are self regulated, which is if completely different.  The NZPA is based at parliament and journalists have an incestuous and sycophantic relationship with politicians.  The NZPA makes up it's own "guidelines" and enforces them or not as it sees fit.
But "new media", as Justice Minister Simon Power termed them, are not regulated beyond the requirements of the law.  The internet is subject to the same laws as other publications, the laws are perfectly sufficient as they are.  If someone defames person on the internet, that person can sue them just as if the statement had been published elsewhere.
"It's a bit of a Wild West in cyberspace at the moment, because bloggers and online publishers are not subject to any form of regulation or professional or ethical standards," Mr Power said.  Neither are mainstream publications subject to any real standards - and are we talking about professional standards or legislation - two very different things - why should mainstream media be self regulating but bloggers be regulated by law?
"Issues I'm concerned about include how trials can be prejudiced by information posted on websites and seen by jurors, real-time online streaming of court cases, breaches of court suppression orders, and republication of a libel."  The more information available to jurors and Judges the better.  Breaches of Court suppression orders and libel are already well covered by legislation.

He said there should be one set of rules for all news media, and the review - by the Law Commission - would look at extending the powers of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and/or the Press Council to cover new media.  Neither of those organisations have any powers, they write their own "guidelines" and apply them or not as they seem fit.  It's like the police investigating complaints about themselves under the auspices of the so-called Independent Police Conduct Authority, renamed to give weight to the idea that they are actually independent - which they are not!
Kiwiblogger and National Party member David Farrar welcomed the review, but said it was difficult to regulate what people said over the internet.  David Farrar is a mouthpiece for the National Party.
"Good luck to the Government if it wants to impose ethical standards for what people want to say on the internet."
Other issues included whether regulation should cover high-profile blogs but not apply to the average tweet on Twitter.
Mr Farrar said the law applied to all forms of publishing - blogger Cameron Slater has been convicted for breaching name suppression orders - and the internet could self-regulate.
"If you tell a lie you can be exposed as a liar, if you defame someone you can be sued for defamation," he said.
"You get pounced on within minutes if you have something wrong.
"The gap between traditional media and new media isn't what the minister makes it out to be."
Even if the Government imposed regulation on internet users, there was nothing to stop someone setting up a site from overseas.
"Then there's nothing current or future law could do unless they want China-style internet filters," Mr Farrar said.
He suggested a voluntary opt-in to the Press Council for online publishers.  The Press Council is archaic and a waste of time.  I have been defamed by the local Wairarapa newspapers, and the Dominion Post, several times, some more subtly than others.  Reports of bad behaviour at meetings in particularly, are lies, and refuted by other information on this site, such as witness statements.
The public will be able to have its say when the Law Commission releases an issues paper by December next year.
ETHICAL PROBLEM
* Media are regulated by standards of ethical reporting, such as being balanced and fair.
* Bloggers, tweeters and other internet users are not regulated beyond the law, and the Government is concerned about the adverse effect this could have on the justice system.
This is an extremely dangerous precedent of proposed censorship.  I have been seriously defamed in the mainstream media, complained about it to the Press Council and discovered that they are a law unto themselves and writing to them is a complete waste of time.  In my case they simply refused to investigate the complaint at all.
Mainstream media published articles about Mayor Gary McPhee's violent drunken home invasion under the headline "Why I Did What I Did" in a pathetic attempt to dishonestly portray the innocent victims as "criminals and troublemakers" and dishonestly portray McPhee as a hero instead of a violent criminal.  
Mainstream media ignored Georgina the Beyer's involvement in the fraud at the Carterton Community Centre, the reason for "her" resignation from parliament was "her" denial of it under official letterhead.
Journalists hold far too much power, it's time we legislated against dishonest and inaccurate reporting in the mainstream media.  Local chief reporter of the Wairarapa Times Age Nathan Crombie used his position to keep Georgina Beyer the Liar and Gary McGoophee in power when they should have both been in jail, and put posters outside all the retail outlets proclaiming "Mayoral Candidate in Court Appearance" to sabotage my campaign - refusing to publish anything when the charges were thrown out because the police had no evidence to offer.  The Times Age refused to publish my profile as well - that's the only way idiots like McPhee and Beyer can get in.
We urgently need legislation covering mainstream publications.  Bloggers are subject to the same laws as everyone else already.


This is an email received from police recently:


Kate,


I refer to your e-mail below, dated 06.09.10

The purpose of this e-mail is to notify you that Police require an extension of time in which to respond to your request, pursuant to section 41(1) of the Privacy Act 1993, because the request necessitates a search through a large quantity of information and consultations such that a proper response to the request cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

Police require until 15.10.10 to provide a substantive response to your request.

You have the right to complain to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner about this extension. The contact address for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner is P O Box 10094, The Terrace, Wellington 6143.


Murray Johnston
Senior Sergeant
Masterton


Kevin Basher---07/09/2010 07:47:45---Something needs to be looked at regarding RAUE using her 'Blog" to make statements regarding our sta


From:
Kevin Basher/POLICE/NZ

To:
Murray Johnston/POLICE/NZ@NZPOLICE

Cc:
John Johnston/POLICE/NZ@NZPOLICE

Date:
07/09/2010 07:47

Subject:
Fw: Formal Complaint, Information Request: Assault by police, refusal to take complaints or investigate them properly


----- Forwarded by Kevin Basher/POLICE/NZ on 07/09/2010 07:42 -----


From:
Katherine Raue 

To:
kevin.basher@police.govt.nz, "J Collins (MIN)" , Independent Police Conduct Authority , Ken Daniels 

Date:
06/09/2010 15:45

Subject:
Formal Complaint, Information Request: Assault by police, refusal to take complaints or investigate them properly



I request all information regarding me held by the NZ Police under the Privacy Act and the OIA.

Particularly, and with priority:
1. All camera footage, CCTV, street camera, etc, of the incidents involving Constables Dallinger and Wilton when I went to the police station to report the theft and assaults at Hodders Road South last weekend.
2. All camera footage, CCTV, etc, of me that same day at Masterton Police station, including footage of the alleyway I was sent down to the gate that wouldn't open.
3. All information regarding the complaints I made to Constables Dallinger and Wilton regarding theft and assault at Hodders Road South.
4. All information regarding any complaint of theft at Hodders Road South by Rachel Taylor.
5. All information regarding a complaint of theft of a bicycle - not just disclosure - ALL information, audiotapes, documents, all information.
6. All information regarding a complaint I made within the last few weeks about another assault at that address by Wayne Friend.
7. Audio recordings of all telephone calls to or from police regarding me since January 2007, in particular:
8. The audiotape of the call from Clare Cook and Kelly Wilson on 11 February 2009,
9. Confirmation or denial of whether Constable Dallinger was involved in any way in the corrupt investigation of the assault on me by Colin Allomes in Dannevirke.
This is a formal complaint that police continue to refuse to take complaints from me and treat me with prejudice and bias, regularly use excessive force amounting to sadistic violence and psychological torment, and have established a pattern of malicious and vexatious litigation against me which is unwarranted and a waste of public resources.

I received a message from the owner of the property at Hodders Road South, sent on 29th August at 9 pm, to say that a well known local methamphetamine addict Rachel Taylor had been caught red handed stealing my property from the room I rent at that address.  I received another message the following evening inviting me to the address to see what was missing this time and secure the room.  When I got there I was confronted, abused and assaulted by another well known P addict, Wayne Friend, whose mother is a well known local police informer, and who let Rachel Taylor into the address while the occupant was absent apparently, and allowed her to leave with my property after witnessing her in my room, and is refusing to make a statement to police regarding this blatant theft, apparently.

I was then assaulted and effectively kidnapped by the owner of the property, my former partner, and held against my will for a considerable time and assaulted during that time, while Wayne Friend called the police and told them a pack of lies.  I was only released after police advised the occupants to
do so, because they wouldn't be rushing to the address in spite of all the complaints.


--
Katherine Raue



Police should get on with providing me with the information I have requested, in particular: the recording of all the phone calls to emergency services on 11 February 2009 regarding the attack on me in my home by Michael Murphy.  In particular the phone call from Kelly Wilson and Clair Cook, which records Murphy screaming in the background "Get out of the way Kana and I'll smash down the door." - which rather contradicts the statements he made in the Depositions Evidence.

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