The editor of the Guardian says his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied the paper had placed lives or national security at risk.
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.
TV3 news and current affairs boss Mark Jennings says the handling of the GCSB Bill is part of a creeping campaign against media freedom that began about four years ago.
MEDIA FREEDOM – ideally anyone should be free to say anything at any time in the media with no restrictions. Our laws have evolved with a number of restrictions, protections and means of addressing things like slander, including restrictions regarding elections. There’s reasonable grounds for most of this but all can be misusued, as they are.