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30 June 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Penny Bright:


“As a New Zealander who passionately believes in freedom of expression, I am appalled and disgusted at this campaign to ‘silence’ author and publisher Ian Wishart who would be ‘Breaking the Silence’ on child abuse and the Kahui case – if people were not having their rights restricted to purchase his book’, says Penny Bright.

“It disgusts me that ‘Chris’ – who set up the facebook page –

‘Boycott the Macsyna King Book’  – has blatantly LIED to the public, by stating:

“Macsyna is about to release a book that will allow her to profit from her attrocious deeds.”

This is NOT true”.

In a Press Release yesterday, Ian Wishart confirmed,

The Facebook page on Macsyna King is dishonest.

They have known all along that Macsyna has neither sought nor been offered any money or compensation for the book Breaking Silence by Ian Wishart.”

“This ‘Chris’ who set up the ‘Boycott the Macsyna King Book’ facebook page, is also LYING about the purpose of the ‘boycott’,” continued Ms Bright.

“Read for yourself what ‘Chris’ himself has stated as the purpose of the boycott:


Macsyna King, the mother (and I use that in a purely biological sense and not a maternal one) of the Chris and Kru Kahui is about to release a tell all (and by all, I mean the bits she remembers which won’t incriminate her further) book about the tragic murder of her three month old twin babies.

I am trying to organize a boycott of this book and until such time as it is pulled from the shelves, all other Ian Wishart books and all other books by the publisher. Somebody like this should not be allowed to profit from preaching her perverted view of the horrific events which led to the deaths of the only two children who hadn’t already been taken from her by CYF’s.’

“How does ‘Chris’ or ANYONE know what exactly Macsyna King has said, without having read the book for themselves?

There has been a court case – resulting in no conviction over the deaths of the Kahui baby boys.  There was effectively a ‘wall of silence’ – which Macsyna King is now trying to break, with the assistance of Ian Wishart.  How is this anything but a ‘good’ thing? Did the Police not ask the right questions during the court case? Did Macsyna King take actions to help her boys – that the public don’t know about?  According to Ian Wishart – YES.”

Here are some pivotal questions relating to Macsyna King that were asked yesterday on ‘Kiwiblog’, and Ian Wishart’s replies:


Ian Wishart (45) Says: June 29th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

1.If Macsyna was so concerned about the environment she was introducing her twins to she could have adopted them out to a family that could have ensured a safer and healthier environment.

(Ian Wishart)  Macsyna didn’t realise someone had injured the twins.

2.If Macsyna suspected abuse or neglect from herself or others within her household she could have spoken up for her babies… yes, she could have spoken anonymously or otherwise to CYFS, the Police, a Not-for-profit, Plunket, and others. Her previous children are cared for by others, why not these babies?

She did not suspect abuse – she was as surprised as everyone else to discover it. She then spoke to Police to help gain a conviction

3.She could have kept her eyes open. Macsyna either never noticed or didn’t care about injuries caused to the twins in previous “attacks” or incidents.

The injuries had to be picked up by scans. Babies are incredibly fragile. She didn’t notice anything unusual

4.After the hospitalisation of her babies, Macsyna could have spoken to the Police fully about what she did know.

She did speak to police fully about what she knew

5.Macsyna could have encouraged others in her family to speak to the Police.

She turned her own brother in to police

6.Macsyna could have told her story to the court throughout the trial. Indeed she did do this, but why not the whole story (as suggested by Wishart)?

Macsyna answered the questions she was asked.

I asked some different questions. Ditto

8.Macsyna has even had multiple opportunities to talk to mainstream, sensitive interviewers where she could have told her story in a non-confrontational way.


As for compensation. I purchased a Domino’s pizza for lunch during one of the interviews, does that count?

What a bunch of armchair experts firing off half-cocked.

For an audio grab from the interviews, visit


“Why are there so many thousands of people who are now treating Ian Wishart as if he is the main enemy? It is NOT Ian Wishart who killed the Kahui twins,” Ms Bright continued.

“I don’t begrudge Ian Wishart making money from writing and publishing this book.That’s what he does for a living, and he has a family to look after.

Isn’t that what people want? The ‘silence’ about child abuse to be ‘broken’? Especially in this Kahui case?

If Ian Wishart’s book ‘Breaking the Silence’, which he has taken the time to research and write, helps to reopen the Police inquiry into the killing of the Kahui baby boys, and results in a conviction, following LAWFUL DUE PROCESS – then that will surely be the outcome most people want?”

“I look forward to exercising my lawful right to buy and read ‘Breaking the Silence’, and hope thousands of other decent, thinking New Zealanders do likewise.”

“In my considered opinion, Paper Plus and The Warehouse should reconsider their decision not to stock Ian Wishart’s book – ‘Breaking the Silence’, particularly if the reasons upon which the threatened ‘boycott’ is based are false and the public have been seriously misled by ‘Chris’ who set up the ‘Boycott the Macsyna King Book’ face book site.”

“Ian Wishart is effectively under seige in defending our right to ‘freedom of expression’.

I strongly recommend all those who support our basic human right to freedom of expression to join Ian Wishart’s facebook page:  ”

You can pre-order ‘BREAKING THE SILENCE” from here

Penny Bright

Ph (09) 846 9825

021 211 4 127

June 30, 2011 Posted by | Human rights, Internationally significant information | Leave a comment