Whale Oil blogger to get day in court

Last updated 15:32 23/12/2013
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Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater will have his day in court over whether his website is part of the media.

The blogger, whose site broke the Len Brown affair story, wrote today that the High Court had agreed to hear his appeal of District Court Judge Charles Blackie's ruling.

Slater, who is being sued for defamation by businessman Matthew Blomfield, has relied on journalists' right to protect their sources to not disclose confidential information to the litigant.

The judge ruled that Slater's website was not part of the media and therefore Slater was not a journalist who could rely on the protection.

At the time Slater told Radio New Zealand he was "incredulous" at the decision.

He wrote on his blog site today that he was appealing the ruling.

The case would be heard in the High Court on February 11.

Slater also said he had received notice that the director of human rights proceedings was also prosecuting him for violating Blomfield's privacy.

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