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To kill a Journalist

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 1:13 pm Mon 20th June 2022

    We’ve seen numerous journalists cancelled recently and they tend to be mostly male. Once again I make the point that men’s issues are inclined to be ‘mostly’ rather than entirely male these days.

    The journalists that have been cancelled are the ones who haven’t been afraid to speak out, often in criticism of the government, as is the case with Peter Wiilliams who had a disagreement with Finance Minister Grant Robertson on ideological rather than economic grounds.

    Industry journalists in New Zealand media are increasingly restricted to a journalistic code dictated by government demands rather than professional standards. It’s an important distinction that has for the better part of two decades, seen journalists professional or otherwise, driven underground or overseas in greater numbers.

    Unlike overseas where we have a high incidence of work related deaths (which tend to be deliberate rather than accidental) in this country we operate on obtaining compliance and various degrees of intimidation or persecution.

    (Sadly an intimidation industry is a growing part of our country’s political failure and culture)

    What we see today, is a clear demarcation now between a government funded industry (with that journalistic code) and democratic journalism existing in a somewhat liberated state, generally on social media and within new media, rather than alongside or in direct competition to our mainstream.

    The ensuing downside is that this alternative industry (regardless of gender) operates generally without professional accountability and includes various degrees of activism, or sectorvism (I may have just coined that phrase) from some individuals or organisations.

    We have at the moment and with somewhat vague details presently available, the case of Graham Philip, an amateur journalist from Taupo, who has been on remand and seemingly without charge since late last year. This I would suggest wouldn’t be happening if it were a female in a comparible situation.

    Graham Philip, since the situation was exposed by Counterspin Media, now has a bail application before the Taupo High Court, next week, and is represented by Mathew Hague, the lawyer who has been so successful in securing the mandate outcomes against the government health order.

    I look forward to some clarification of Philip’s situation. Media or Political, no man in NZ should be exposed to these suggested extremes and if so, what are the freedom limitating justifications we ‘men’ now live with?

    Coming back to the example of Peter Wiilliams, it has to be said, that Williams (perhaps without realising) is doing some of the most important work of his career, in helping an audience understand what it is they have, before it is gone.

2 Responses to “To kill a Journalist”

  1. Lukenz says:

    The list extends to,

    1. Special taxation in terms of child support.
    2. No budget for male prostate cancer testing against free breast cancer checks for women.
    3. Special taxation for predominantly male (near 100% male) owned Utes $3,000 a vehicle.
    4. Taking of all his belongings and property in separation matters.
    5. No use of his dwelling in separation matters.
    6. Public shaming upon allegations alone of sexual misconduct.
    7. Media trials.
    8. Removal of parental rights.
    9. Removal of the child’s right to see and have a normalised relations with his children.
    10. Fathers not being invited to a secret family court hearing to defend themselves and their children’s rights.
    11. Special Judge alone trials now being tested for sex allegations. i.e. removal of jury’s.
    12. Special laws requiring defence to be given a year in advance of a trial in sex charges so defence and accusers can develop a response.
    13. NZ Police kill 11 times the rate of police in England and Wales. Everyone a male victim. Notable in the link below they are not called male, they are called people.
    14. Female sentencing only a third of what a man would receive.

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