Chris Barton: Am I bovvered?

By now, thanks to Edward Snowden and Kim Dotcom, we all know we’re all being watched, all the time. To which the collective response seems to be: “Am I bovvered?”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11151304

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Media regulator nixed

MEDIA outlets have hailed the decision they will not be governed by a single standards authority in spite of a recommendation by the Law Commission, but the Government says the decision could be revisited.

The Law Commission had recommended scrapping the separate bodies that govern broadcast and print media and creating an umbrella organisation that would also cover online media.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9158260/Media-regulator-nixed

PM responsible for inquiry breaching press freedom

Green Party Press Release:

Breaches of press freedom were inevitable when the Prime Minister set up an inquiry to investigate a leak to a journalist with no boundaries set on what information could be obtained, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00341/pm-responsible-for-inquiry-breaching-press-freedom.htm

Higher media freedom ranking for NZ “good news”

New Zealand has increased its international ranking for media freedom, a result that School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing lecturer Dr Cathy Strong describes as “good news” though she still urges vigilance.

The annual ranking by international journalists organisation Reporters Without Borders showed New Zealand improved its listing five places from 13th to eighth highest of countries with governments allowing media to work independently.

http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=886C79F0-A266-1AF4-F103-95CE2AAD8B9E