Eveline Harvey is nzherald.co.nz's travel editor.

Judge: I welcome debate on online suppression

The judge who earlier this week banned news websites from naming two men accused of murder while allowing coverage by newspapers, radio and TV, says he would welcome a debate on the issue.

Judge David Harvey today further remanded the two men - aged 22 and 23 - in custody until September 5.

He told Manukau District Court he had received no submissions from the media opposing the suppression order he made on Monday.

In response to a question from media present in court today about whether the current suppression order would remain in place, Judge Harvey said: "That is really up to you. I've invited argument on this point."

He said media organisations had been invited to make submissions last Wednesday. "I welcome that discussion."

He added: "I can proceed without hearing from the media and that would be totally unfair."

APN - owners of nzherald.co.nz - and other media organisations continue to consider taking legal action over the decision.

The two men are charged with murdering 14-year-old John Hapeta, threatening to kill, assault with intent to rob and using a pistol to commit a crime.

A 15-year-old, who cannot be named by any media because of his age, has also appeared in the Manukau Youth Court charged alongside the two men with using a pistol to commit a crime and assaulting John with intent to rob him.

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