Opinion piece from stuff, I’m curious given the govt clearly controls the media. So someone is speaking out finally? Wait and see what transpires. It speaks to the tightening control on what journos write & am reminded of the US woman recently blowing the whistle on Fox News to Project Veritas …
“In my 20-year plus time as a journalist, this Government is one of the most thin-skinned and secretive I have experienced. Many of my colleagues say the same.
Even squeezing basic facts out of an agency is a frustrating, torturous and often futile exercise.
It’s now very difficult for journalists to get to the heart and the truth of a story. We are up against an army of well-paid spin doctors.“
Here is the full article:
OPINION: From the moment she took office in 2017, Jacinda Ardern promised her government would be the most open and transparent New Zealand has seen.
In her first formal speech to Parliament she pledged: “This government will foster a more open and democratic society. It will strengthen transparency around official information.”
Since then the number of faceless communications specialists has skyrocketed. The Government’s iron grip on the control of information has tightened.
And it is now harder than ever to get information.