Editor’s Letter; Things We Love; Megan Nicol Reed
The life cycle of a news story might start with a controversy, a lie, an injustice. Balance is sought, then, eventually, there might be, to use that awful word, “closure”. And we move on, to another story, to another case. The truth is, there can never be a neat and tidy “closure” for Teina Pora, the vulnerable young man who spent more than 20 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of murder. This week, Greg Bruce interviews Michael Bennett — the director of In Dark Places, a television dramatisation of Pora’s relentlessly horrific case. Bennett and the tireless detective Tim McKinnel, both champions for Pora’s case, claim the injustice sprang from racial bias. That claim may not be new. It may be impossible to prove on an individual case. But the story is a potent reminder of the power of compassion, and a reminder, if we needed one, that while we like to think we live in a fair and just society, justice is sometimes only for some.