Today’s landmark ruling from Justice Clifford that a raid on the home of journalist Nicky Hager was illegal means there was unlawful action by police during two elections in a row, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says.
"For the past two elections complaints in the media from the Prime Minister have led to inappropriate and excessive action by the police against journalists.
"In 2011 it was the tea tapes following a media stunt gone wrong between John Key and John Banks.
"Last year the disreputable antics of the National Party involving Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, Jason Ede in the Prime Minister’s office, Judith Collins, and the Prime Minister himself were outed in Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics.
"He was painted as a villain by the Government after the release of his book and today’s finding vindicates him.
"Instead of the police attention being on the perpetrators, John Key kept asserting Nicky Hager based his book on hacked emails. The police in turn reacted on the public complaints by the Prime Minister and the formal complaint by Cameron Slater, and again turned on the media.
"We should be grateful that in New Zealand we have a brave and independent judiciary that can make today’s ruling.
"Now the police and the Prime Minister need to publicly accept the politicisation of the police was serious and wrong," David Parker says.