Green co-leader Metiria Turei's going into bat for the journalist who broke the story on the Kitteridge report, Dominion Post reporter Andrea Vance.
She is slamming the slurs and innuendo that have been levelled at Ms Vance.
"Because the journalist is a woman, because the journalist is young. That means that there has been a deliberate inference that somehow that journalist has behaved unethically.
"That accusation must be put down."
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