Wednesday, July 17, 2013

David Bain: The New Zealand Herald details how members of Justice Minister Judith Collin's staff altered a Wikipedia post which questioned her handling of David Bain's compensation case; Publisher's View: When will the New Zealand government finally accept respnsibility for this notorious wrongfull prosecution? And how far will it go to deprive Mr. Bain of his rightful compensation? Way too far, it seems! Very ugly indeed. HL. Publisher.

PUBLISHER'S VIEW:  When will the New Zealand government finally accept responsibility for this notorious  wrongfull prosecution?  And how far will it go  to deprive Mr. Bain of his rightful compensation? Way too  far, it seems! Very ugly indeed.

Harold Levy. Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog;

 STORY: "Justice Minister's 'wikispat': Who is Clarke 43??" by reporter  Phil Taylor, published by the
 New Zealand Herald on July 12, 2013.

GIST: "How can Wikipedia users be assured that the fingerprints of interested parties are not all over the online encyclopaedia? That's the question left begging after this week's row about one of Judith Collins' staff having edited related pages a new photo was uploaded to the minister's Wikipedia page and several paragraphs that her office says it considered defamatory were removed about her handling of David Bain's compensation case. One of passages cut mentioned an "embarrassing public spat" between Collins and Canadian judge Ian Binnie, who reviewed Bain's compensation case. The website does not want people with a conflict of interest to edit articles and reminded Collins' staff member of its "conflict of interest guideline" and that "promotional editing" is not acceptable. Collins' office didn't get into much bother because it declared its interest it chose the nom de plume "Jc press sec" and was upfront on discussion pages and this week stated that there had only ever been the two edits."

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