Winston Peters appealing court decision in TVNZ defamation case

Winston Peters is appealing a High Court decision that dismisses his defamation case against TVNZ.

The New Zealand First leader sought to sue TVNZ for broadcasting defamatory comments against him made by National MP David Carter. The case was dismissed.

Peters’ lawyer Brian Henry told the Court of Appeal today that the case is now focussing on allegations broadcast on former TV One show Holmes in 2004.

The comments made were in a sworn affidavit read to Parliament by Ken Shirley, a former Act MP, authored by Yvonne Dossetter.

While comments made in the House are exempt from certain laws regarding defamation, Holmes featured clips of Shirley reading the affidavit.

“It’s about the allegations made by her when she has no privilege,” Henry said.

“TVNZ are liable for re-broadcasting.”

The Court of Appeal reserved its decision.

Source: Herald

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  • regan

    I guess that’s one way to get some free publicity going into an election