Kāpiti author Mandy Hager reports: “This morning I opened social media to find that Judith Collins has made a dangerous veiled death threat towards my brother, investigative journalist Nicky Hager.
“In it, she (Collins) says: “He still needs to meet his maker.”
“In a world where journalists are currently being illegally detained and murdered all around the world, how it is okay for Collins to say such things with impunity?
“We’ve already seen James Shaw attacked after false claims were stirred up on social media.”
‘Death threats endured’
Mandy Hager continues: “And as someone who has endured reading death threats against Nicky on social media every time he produces something, I believe it is not merely irresponsible for Collins to speak in such a way, but also highly dangerous.
“Is this really the kind of person we want running the country?
“Imagine how this kind of personal vendetta could play out if she were elected?
“Imagine if this comment was made against Jacinda Ardern, or the leader of a Muslim community, for instance.
“There is no doubt it would be taken seriously.
‘She should be warned this is inciting violence’
“I strongly believe she should be challenged on this, at the very least, and warned that this is inciting violence.
“I implore the media to think about the serious consequences of this kind of personal threat/attack and call her out.
“This is not okay.”