TV3's Campbell Live under fire for alleged Dotcom suppression breach
The Chief High Court judge has ordered the Solicitor-General to investigate TV3’s alleged breach of suppression orders relating to the police raid on Kim Dotcom’s mansion.
A three-day hearing continues today at the Auckland High Court into the reasonableness, or otherwise, of the January raid.
Justice Helen Winkelmann had earlier imposed strict suppression rules about what the media can and cannot publish relating to the raids.
The suppressed material includes call signs and codes used by police during the raid, which can be heard in a police helicopter video of the event.
Justice Winkelmann said media could show the footage, but only if those codes were taken out.
However, a call sign could allegedly be heard in TV3’s promo for last night’s Campbell Live.
The Crown alerted Justice Winkelmann to the fact this morning, and the matter has been referred to the Solicitor-General.
John Campbell was not present in court this morning, but another TV3 reporter attempted to explain, saying there was a “miscommunication”.
Justice Winkelmann says that is “no excuse”, and court suppression orders must be taken seriously.
Meanwhile, Mr Dotcom’s Queen’s counsel Paul Davison is continuing to question police officers involved in the raid.
Mr Davison is trying to prove police were over-the-top in the raid, which included officers armed with semi-automatic guns being dropped in by helicopter.