The NT News is everyone's favourite punching bag this morning, after it published a series of excruciating emails sent by now-NT Senator Nova Peris to athlete Ato Boldon five years ago. The emails suggest Peris and Boldon were having an affair, the salacious details of which are published in the paper. The NT News says it published the emails because of the allegation, drawn from the emails, that Peris organised to get Boldon to Australia on the taxpayer's dime in order to facilitate their affair, even though, according to an Athletics Australia audit, he did the job well. In the NT News this morning, the paper writes that it stands by its story, "which deals with a matter of public importance, namely the use of taxpayer funds".
Public interest in the eye of the beholder in Spurr/Peris email leaks
New Matilda and the NT News have both published damaging stories based on personal emails in recent weeks. Views differ markedly on whether they were right to do so.