Tim Selwyn has been found guilty on one of the two charges of sedition he was charged with.
I tend to agree with Bomber Bradbury who has said the verdicts signal a sad day for freedom of speech in New Zealand as “Tim Selwyn’s actions were a protest and there was no intent to overthrow the Government”.
However I think Tim is going too far when he compares the outcome to press freedom levels in Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.
It wasn’t a good look for the case, when it was revealed Tim had tried to recruit “militant” members of the Black Power gang. Not that in itself is illegal, but I can understand it spooking the jury. Hopefully the appeal will consider the case more dispassionately.
I do hope the Judge does not give a sentence more serious than one normally would get for smashing a window.