Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Court of Appeal Dismisses Actions Against TVNZ

7 August 2006

Court of Appeal Dismisses Actions Against TVNZ

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal against TVNZ by two former French Secret Service agents – Alain Mafart and Dominique Prieur.

Marfart and Prieur appealed to the Court to stop TVNZ screening video footage of the criminal proceedings in which they pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The videotape was supposed to play during a SUNDAY documentary on the 20th anniversary of the bombing of 'The Rainbow Warrior' last year.

TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs Bill Ralston said today's judgment was particularly satisfying after having battled the appeal for the past year.

"This decision is a significant victory for media freedom in this country and a victory for the rights of the public as well."

The Court of Appeal also today allowed TVNZ's appeal against an injunction stopping broadcast of another videotape containing a confession of murder.

In 1995 Noel Rogers was tried for the murder of Katherine Sheffield. During the trial a videotape showing Mr Rogers participating in a reconstruction of Ms. Sheffield's killing was ruled inadmissible by the Court as Police had breached Mr Rogers' rights under the Bill of Rights.

Mr Rogers was subsequently acquitted of the charges.

In 2004, TVNZ obtained a copy of the videotape and was intending to broadcast parts of it in its current affairs programme SUNDAY. Mr Rogers applied for an injunction which was granted by the High Court.

Bill Ralston says part of the video will be shown on ONE NEWS tonight and will also be used in a lengthier piece on SUNDAY this weekend.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news