* Sources and surveillance * RNZ and issues of trust * Tall Poppies
Free Society’s loss
It was a chilling admission by New Zealand First leader Winston Peters that “we took the photographs”.
The images were of two journalists and the party’s ex-president. They were involved in investigating the shadowy New Zealand First Foundation, which is now the subject of inquiries by the Serious Fraud Office.
Photographs of their meeting in a Tauranga retail precinct were published on the BFD (Brash, Focused and Dedicated) website. It has been critical of both journalists – RNZ investigative journalist Guyon Espiner and Stuff senior journalist Matt Shand – and their investigations into the relationship between the foundation and the party. The website called their investigations a ‘hit job’ and referred to former party president Lester Gray as ‘Deep Throat’ and ‘a snitch’. Continue reading “Casualty list for week of Feb. 10”