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New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has lodged defamation proceedings against MediaWorks over comments by TV show host Mark Richardson.
The action relates to comments on Newshub’s The AM Show in July.
‘‘I’m not going to have people defaming me in this campaign,’’ he told Newsroom.
‘‘I was on The AM Show. The guy likened me to white pus and cancer cells and what have you, and I thought, ‘Sorry, I’m not taking that. I’m suing you’. It’s all filed.’’
Newshub chief news officer Hal Crawford countered on Thursday night, saying Mr Peters was trying to shut down legitimate satire and opinion in an election year.