The so-called terror raids in the Ureweras continue to be the hottest of subjects in this country.
This week has seen the release by some media organisations of some of suppressed material from the police phone taps prior to the raids.
When the decision was made not to pursue terrorism charges, all material gathered under the guise of the terrorism charges was permanently suppressed.
In a nutshell, it was made illegal to publish the material.
Unfortunately, some editors felt they were above the law and chose to run the material.
The ,i>Bay of Plenty Times has not, and will not, run the material unless suppression around it is lifted.
Suppression may be an abhorrent term to journalists and a constant bugbear in today's judicial system.
But at the end of the day it is still the law and it is an incredibly dangerous precedent when the media considers itself above the law.
If we chose to break this law, what other laws would it also be suitable for us to break?
Maybe we could break and enter on Mondays in search of material for a story? On Tuesdays it could be a bit of intimidation and Thursday a little threatening behaviour.
These media groups have deliberately given the middle finger to the justice system and expect to get away with it.
I hope the appropriate contempt charges are brought down on the offending parties.
How ironic that in an ongoing story about accusations of police going outside the law and exceeding their powers, we have media doing exactly the same thing in covering it.
Claims that the material is in the public interest fall flat when you consider it was same newspapers and their editors who published the suppressed material who also ran the offensive and highly-controversial Mohammed cartoons a couple of years back.
They got it wrong then and apologised.
No doubt they'll be forced to do the same again on this issue.
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Don't forget we are still looking for our Bay of Plenty Times Person of the Year.
I have already received quite a few nominations and it is clear we have a number of people in our community who are doing great things.
But we don't want to miss any worthy contenders.
If you have someone in mind, drop me a line to: The Editor, Bay of Plenty Times, Private Bag 12002, Tauranga or email at editor@bopp.co.nz
* * * *I'm feeling a little folliclely-challenged at the moment.
There is a rather naked feeling as I wander about the city's streets at lunchtime with my clean-shaven face paling into insignificance alongside the facial hair brigade.
Everywhere I look I'm seeing guys who look like they are straight out of the 70s.
I must admit I'm looking on with a dual sense of envy and amazement at these moustaches which just don't seem to fit in these days on young faces.
The envy is because there is no way I could have turned out such an impressive "mo" in just a couple of weeks and amazement at the sheer number of them.
Of course, the reasoning behind this massive growth of hairs around the country is Movember and there is no doubt that as a campaign it is successful in raising awareness of prostate cancer.
I'm sure there must be plenty of wives and partners around town who are grinning and bearing the facial hairs for the sake of the great cause they represent.
But we can't forget that Movember will amount to nothing more than a collection of facial hairs if us guys don't act on the message.
Prostate cancer is a killer of men. It is up to all of us to have the checks done to ensure that we catch any problems long before it is too late.
May the moustache be with you.