13 Mar 2019

Blogger Cameron Slater ordered to pay businessman $70k

From Morning Report, 7:51 am on 13 March 2019
Cameron Slater outside the Court of Appeal

Cameron Slater outside the Court of Appeal Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp

Blogger Cameron Slater has been ordered to pay $70,000 to businessman Matt Blomfield, for what the Human Rights Review Tribunal calls a calculated assassination of his character.

The tribunal found that in a series of Whaleoil posts in 2012, Mr Slater held Matt Blomfield up as a figure of contempt and ridicule.

Mr Slater argued that as a journalist he was protected from Mr Blomfield's legal action, but the tribunal says blog posts do not count as 'news'. Mr Blomfield speaks to Guyon Espiner.