Parliamentary press gallery journalist Alastair Thompson has
resigned from his role at Scoop after it was revealed that he
was working for Kim Dotcom's Internet Party.
Blogger Cameron Slater claimed on his website Whaleoil that
Mr Thompson was the new party's secretary and had registered
the party's domain name.
Scoop Media, an independent news service, confirmed this
afternoon that Mr Thompson had stepped down as chief
executive and editor.
It is against press gallery rules for a member to lobby for a
political party. Mr Thompson is an associate member.
Scoop Media owner Selwyn Pellett said: "We had no idea of the
extent of the involvement until Cameron Slater's blog today.
"We knew he was considering some involvement and the
discussion was 'you can't do both jobs'. You can't be an
editor and be actively involved in Dotcom's party."
He added: "It is disappointing. There is no ill-feeling with
Alastair. This is his passion and it is what he believes in
and wants to do."
Mr Pellett said Scoop would not be "rewriting history" by
going back over Mr Thompson's articles to check for any
favourable coverage of Dotcom or his party.
"I'm not aware of what he's written since he registered the
domain name in December. But clearly he's no longer
independent on that particular subject."