Social media – Thursday

21 April 2016

Media Watch is an open forum similar to Open Forum where any topic can be introduced, but with a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media.

You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

If being critical address the issues and don’t do personal abuse. Constructive and reasonably balanced criticism is more effective than general moans.

As usual avoid anything that could cause any legal issues such as potential defamation or breaching suppression orders.

Also remember that keeping things civil, legal and factual is more effective and harder to argue against or discredit.

Note that sometimes other blogs get irate if their material is highlighted elsewhere but the Internet is specifically designed to share and repeat information and anyone who comments or puts anything into a public forum should be aware that it could be republished elsewhere (but attribution is essential).

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  1. Missy

     /  21st April 2016

    I was just reading an article on Stuff about the 60 minutes child abduction case, and noted the lawyer for the Brit from the Child Abduction Recovery International agency was named as a Joe Karam – does anyone know if that is the Joe Karam (of the David Bain case). Just was curious.

    • Gezza

       /  21st April 2016

      Kia ora. I don’t think it will be him Missy. Our Joe Karam is mainly a businessman and author, and a bush lawyer, though an exceptionally dogged and able one. He wouldn’t have the time, interest or stupidity to get involved in this fiasco. He’s still pursuing the David Bain compensation bid I believe.

      “Karam was paid $424,480 by Legal Services for his legal work in support of David Bain. Commissioner Nigel Fyfe approved the payment describing Karam’s “unique circumstances” and said his legal assistance to Bain’s defence was “exceptional” and the “equivalent to a non-qualified legal executive.”

      • Missy

         /  21st April 2016

        I didn’t think so, but to be honest I wasn’t sure if he was a qualified lawyer or not – just seems odd that the lawyer’s name was Joe Karam. 🙂

        Thanks for that Gezza.

      • the NZ Joe Karam is not a lawyer.

  2. You’ve got to laugh…


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