Author(s): Gavin Ellis
New Zealanders are too complacent about the continuing erosion of their right to know what government is doing on their behalf. Political risk has become a primary consideration in whether official information requests will be met, and successive governments have allowed free speech rights to be over-ridden.Drawing on decades of experience as a journalist and editor, Gavin Ellis chronicles the patterns of erosion and calls for entrenchment of the Bill of Rights Act. As supreme law, it would set a high bar that politicians must hurdle before freedom of expression could be curtailed.
Gavin Ellis is a senior lecturer in Media, Film and Television at the University of Auckland, where he completed his PhD in political studies. A former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald, he received the Commonwealth Astor Award for contributions to press freedom and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to journalism. He has been associated with journalism for more than 50 years.