GPforums fisks Ian Wishart

, posted: 20-May-2006 19:59

As a certain aggressive journalist isn't often challenged, it seems appropriate to give this thread on GPforums wider airing.

The Ian Wishart in that thread is the proprietor of Investigate magazine and the verysame scourge of the Labour government, the nemesis of John Tamihere, David Benson-Pope, David Parker, Helen Clark and various other people who offend his most delicate sensibilities.

Wishart is also the author of the below electronically transmitted missive containing threats of legal doom and damnation against those who are foolish enough to criticise him:

Ian Wishart
ian@investigatemagazine.com
>
28/04/2006 11:46

To
[multiple email addressees in NZ media snipped]
cc

Subject
ON NOTICE FOR DEFAMATION: NOT FOR PUBLICATION
MESSAGE TO ALL EDITORS
FROM IAN WISHART

WITHOUT PREJUDICE, NOT FOR PUBLICATION, AND OFF THE RECORD

Bearing in mind the events of this week in the Parker affair, and the Government's powerful spin on those events, I have had cause this morning to haul one media commentator over the coals by way of an email below. I have decided to forward this email to all of you however because undoubtedly your own op/ed commentators will be working on columns for the weekend papers, and it is important for their sakes and yours that they don't fall into easily avoidable traps and so cause defamation actions.

This email is, in effect, a legal heads-up, and I suggest you either brief your columnists/commentators as to the legal issues, and/or cast an eye across what is written yourselves.

I’m not trying to quench legitimate expression of opinion, I'm merely trying to make sure people realize that while Crown law has given an opinion clearing Parker, other opinions exist to the contrary and Investigate magazine is absolutely confident its case against Parker is rock-solid and watertight, so don't assume that the Companies Office clearance provides carte-blanche to attack me or the magazine, unless you are very sure of your legal position and the facts.

Regards
Ian Wishart


How tiresome.


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