Media watch – Saturday

25 February 2017


Media Watch is 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.

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.

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 please include attribution).


  1. Gezza

     /  February 25, 2017

    Wo ist Open Forum bitte? 😳

  2. Missy

     /  February 25, 2017

    A media related story today so I thought I would put it here.

    This afternoon a story broke here, reported in Der Spiegel, that since 1999, the BND (German Intelligence Agencies) have been spying on journalists from BBC, The NY Times, and Reuters, they allegedly monitored fax number, email addresses, and phone numbers from the editorial offices worldwide.

    This is of course a cause for concern, with all the scrutiny of Western Intelligence Agencies – specifically in the Five Eyes, the German Intelligence Agency has been gaining powers and using them. From October last year BND have been allowed to target foreign nationals and EU institutions in direct espionage operations to gather information significant to Germany’s foreign policy and security – essentially all diplomats and journalists can be (and probably are) targeted by BND. The legislation was criticised for not having specific safeguards for journalists, but it would seem it would have either been pointless – or created issues with direct espionage they were already conducting. I am unsure what the law prior to this new legislation allowed, but it is possible that there was no law to specifically outlaw the collection – or allow the collection.

  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  February 25, 2017

    This from the *NZ Herald*….

    As Wayne just said, you’d never have seen this at the *Lower Hutt BNZ* when he banked there 😡