Vindication: High court in New Zealand rules police raid on journalist Nicky Hager was illegal | Freedom of the Press Foundation

In a huge victory for press freedom, New Zealand’s High Court has ruled decisively in favor of independent journalist Nicky Hager in his case against the New Zealand government for raiding his house and seizing his family’s possessions in 2014.

The court’s decision, which was released on December 17, 2015 just before the holidays, is not only a vindication for Hager and his work, but an important win for all journalists and whistleblowers in New Zealand.

You might recall that in October of 2014, Freedom of the Press Foundation crowd-funded over $23,000 for Hager’s legal defense, given the outrageous raid on his house was for nothing more than doing a job as his journalist. Here’s how we described the background of the case then:

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