Dear Mrs Major
Complaint – Daily Post
In response to the comments of the Editor of the Daily Post as the alleged threats were made anonymously it is an assumption to say that they came from a pro-life group. There is simply no proof that the alleged threats came from a pro-life group or in fact from any organisation.
The principles of good journalism require that a journalist should check the source of information. It is disappointing that it would appear that no journalist has actually had a hard copy of the alleged threats. It is conceivable that the alleged threats were contrived by the Abortion Law Reform Association with the objective of discrediting the pro-life movement and to distract the attention of people away from the real violence which is inflicted on women and their helpless unborn.
We trust that your Council will uphold our complaint thus protecting the reputation and good name of the pro-life movement in New Zealand.
Dear Mrs Major
In response to the comments of Steve Hopkins, Editor of AucklandNOW, I freely acknowledge that the blog written by Richard Boock was an opinion piece that combined fact with opinion. I reiterate that I believe that in writing this opinion piece the journalist has a responsibility to clearly separate fact from opinion, I believe that Mr Boock has failed to do that.
It is noted that the official enquiry conducted by the administration at the Galway Hospital has not yet been completed. I agree with the Editor, that I am not in a position to conclude what happened at the Hospital in the treatment of Savita up to her tragic death; nor is Richard Boock. The Editor claims correctly that this tragic event and the claim that she was refused an abortion was widely reported on the internet. Being widely reported does not verify the validity of the claim.
The Editor states that Mr Boock’s comments made concerning anti-abortion protesters in Southland are fair comment based on accounts of what has happened there, which Police have formerly acknowledged. The conclusion that this is fair comment is challenged. Right to Life has sought from the Southern District Health Board under the Official Information Act, documents relating to the accusations of threats made to staff and to property. This is a very serious matter. The District Health Board has refused to give us any information and referred our request to the Police.in Invercargill. The officer in charge declined to provide us with any information on the grounds of privacy. The situation then is that neither the Editor or Right to Life knows of the identity or whereabouts of the person or persons who have allegedly threatened staff, nor do we know if the threats are genuine.
To protect the good name and reputation of the citizens who have courageously spoken up in defence of the vulnerable women of Southland and their unborn, I trust your Council will uphold our complaint.
Right to Life ,