New Zealand probes report it spied on journalist
WELLINGTON (AP) - New Zealand's government says the defence force is investigating a report it collected phone metadata to spy on a journalist in Afghanistan who was freelancing for US news organisation McClatchy.
And the country's Minister of Defence acknowledged on Monday the existence of an embarrassing confidential order that lists investigative journalists alongside spies and terrorists as potential threats to New Zealand's military.
The Sunday Star-Times newspaper reported that New Zealand journalist Jon Stephenson was spied on by the defence force after it became unhappy at his reporting on how it treated Afghan prisoners.
New Zealand is a member of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance that also includes the US, Britain, Australia and Canada.