New Zealand military told to soften line on 'subversive' media
WELLINGTON (AFP) - New Zealand's military was ordered on Monday to rewrite a manual that warns the media poses as much of a threat to national security as extremist groups and foreign intelligence services.
Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said the language in the manual, which is used to train the military in security procedures, was "heavy-handed" and needed to be changed.
"My view is that the reference to investigative journalists should be removed from this order," he said in a statement. "It is inappropriate and heavy-handed."
The review comes after the Sunday Star-Times revealed that the manual, which was written in 2003, defined three "subversive" groups as a security risk - hostile intelligence services, extreme organisations and investigative journalists.