"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"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

More from the Press Council

Recent emails from the Press Council:

From: Heather McCracken
Sent: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 1:47 p.m.
To: info@presscouncil.co.nz
Subject: Raue complaint

Hi Mary,

In response to Ms Raue's request regarding the statements that were legally unsafe to publish.

The statements in her complaint, which she asked to be published in full, which would have been of concern to publish were:
"Because a person believes that the Wairarapa police and Court staff are unprofessional to the point of being corrupt doesnt' mean the person is delusional. Making hundreds of child abuse files "disappear" and claim they were "lost" is basically corruption. Claiming that the file regarding the investigation into the allegations of fraud regarding the Carterton Community Centre "does not exist" to cover up the fact that the investigation never took place is corruption."
 Also the statement ending:

 ... apart from depression and stress due to the ongoing campaign of harrassment, and unfair treatment, from the local police."

Another concern about publishing the complaint in its entirety was that it refered to a number of matters which were not published in the Times-Age.

Yours sincerely,

Heather McCracken

Heather McCracken
Wairarapa Times-Age
Phone 06 370 0928
Mobile 021 451 218

Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:03 PM
Subject: Fw: Raue complaint

Hi there Kate,
Could you please get your reply to me by Monday 5 March, so we can consider the complaint at the March meeting.
Thannks Kate.


from: Mary Major info@presscouncil.org.nz
reply-to: Mary Major
to: Katherine Raue
date: 7 March 2012 14:26
subject: Fw: Raue complaint

Hello Kate,
It is now two weeks since I sent you the email from the editor, and the deadline of 5 March has passed without any response from you.
If I haven't received your comments by 1.00pm Friday 9 March I will consider that you no longer wish to proceed with the complaint and will advise the Council members accordingly.
7th March 2012:  "Oh I most certainly want to proceed with it Mary, and I HAVE responded in part so don't you forget that, and am still waiting for specifics of what part of my candidate profile that I paid $400 for were deemed potentially actionable as you know very well!
Please hurry up and provide it without further delay!!!  I provided all the correct information regarding the report under complaint to the WTA and they deliberately ignored it and published these utter lies about my health!  Now stop mucking around and tell me what the specific reason was that the profile wasn't published - this is a separate complaint and one forthcoming about the article I have just been made aware of on the Stuff website!  More shortly on that!"

"Twelve days?  I have had to wait MONTHS for this pathetic and laughable excuse and now you want to give me twelve days to respond, when I have told you I am under pressure to deliver urgently required social services in the community because of all the child abuse and suicide,which is made infinitely harder by the utter claptrap which is printed in the Wairarapa Times-Age.

One thing you can address immediately is the fact that Wairarapa Times-Age are operating a facebook page as an individual instead of a media organisation or local business, which means that they can print all the propaganda and lies they like, while the victims of this cannot comment or defend themselves without sending a "friend request", which is then used by the admins of the page to make malicious complaints to facebook admins regarding "making friend requests to people you don't know".

This is unethical and despicable.

I will respond to this email by within seven days from today's date, which is when I received it.  You might have to postpone your meeting."

More information, including links to the original complaint, the article complained about, and the evidence regarding the corruption referred to, can be found at this site, Kiwikileaks, Transparency NZ.

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