27 Aug 2008

Media may challenge internet suppression ruling

2:35 pm on 27 August 2008

Several media organisations are considering challenging a name suppression ruling that applies only to the internet.

In Manukau District Court on Monday, Judge David Harvey stopped the names of two men accused of the murder of a South Auckland boy from being published on the internet.

However, he allowed the accused to be identified on television, radio and in print.

Stuff, The New Zealand Herald and Television New Zealand are waiting for written copies of the ruling before deciding whether to fight it.

Internet expert David Farrar says Judge Harvey is an expert on technology law and has made a deliberate ruling because the internet is such an easy place to find archived information.