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Why would police support name suppression?

Why would police support name suppression?

Stephen Franks
Wednesday, 27 July 2005
Press Releases - Crime & Justice


Yesterday I questioned the Minister of Broadcasting Steve Maharey, about a case in which it appeared that TVNZ supported applications by a Queens Counsel for the suppression of names and details, ACT Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks said today.

"The QC has assured me that he has not been paid or instructed by TVNZ and that they have not been involved with him on the applications for suppression. I accept that.

"My source is adamant that the court was nevertheless told that suppression was supported by a major media organisation. The source thinks that if it was not the QC it was the police who informed the court to that effect.

"I have now addressed questions to the Minister of Police to find out why the police would support name suppression in the circumstances, if indeed it was the police.

ENDS

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