11 Oct 2015

A top secret trip to Iraq

From Mediawatch, 9:10 am on 11 October 2015

Political editors accompanied prime minister John Key on a secretly arranged visit to New Zealand forces in Iraq this week.

The three-day trip was shrouded in secrecy because of security concerns, and Radio New Zealand agreed to report the trip only once Mr Key had left the country.

He is the first prime minister to visit troops in Taji Camp, which is surrounded by pockets of IS sympathisers and activity.

But it's not the first such hush-hush trip, and not the first time some journalists have voiced concern about the coverage of them.

Mediawatch looks at how the trip was reported here in New Zealand.