Story: Premiers and prime ministers

Controlling the media

Prime Minister Robert Muldoon exerted tight control over his ministers and, increasingly, the media. In this notorious incident in 1982, Muldoon had cartoonist and journalist Tom Scott ejected from his weekly press conference. Muldoon had taken exception to Scott's satirical commentary on his leadership.

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Gavin McLean, 'Premiers and prime ministers - Towards modern leadership', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/33199/controlling-the-media (accessed 26 July 2017)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 13 Dec 2016