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Judge Rips Into NSW Police For Trying To Suppress FriendlyJordies’ YouTube Videos

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Judge Rips Into NSW Police For Trying To Suppress FriendlyJordies’ YouTube Videos

A Sydney magistrate hasn't held back over their opinions on the New South Wales Police Force's application to suppress videos on the YouTube channel for FriendlyJordies.

The state's police force wanted account owner, Jordan Shanks, to remove all videos discussing the allegations against his producer.

Kristo Langker has been accused of stalking the former Deputy Premier John Barilaro and was arrested in dramatic fashion by NSW Police's fixated person's unit.

Barilaro complained that he was being harassed by Langker on two separate instances, where he alleges the producer followed him at or following public events.

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Langker's lawyers have claimed video evidence of the second incident involving the former Deputy Premier 'does not appear to accord with the police facts'.

Credit: FriendlyJordies/Instagram
Credit: FriendlyJordies/Instagram

Jordan Shanks has done several videos hitting out at authorities for arresting Langker.

NSW Police submitted a suppression order for the videos to be taken off YouTube because they argue it's in contempt of court and that they're not '100 per cent correct'.

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Police Prosecutor and Sergeant Amin Assaad told the Downing Centre Court: "As of 9am it had 248,000 views. He is interfering in the administration of justice ... he's in a position to influence witnesses."

However their application has been ripped to shred by Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge.

"I've never seen an application like this before in this court," she said.

Shanks' lawyer, Philip Strickland SC, explained to the court that the NSW Police's application was 'fundamentally defective' and too broad in its definitions for being in contempt of court.

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Credit: FriendlyJordies/Instagram
Credit: FriendlyJordies/Instagram

He also said the Friendlyjordies video in question was actually more focused on the state's fixated person's unit, which has come under criticism by loads of people in the community.

Barrister Strickland said: "This is an attempt under the guise of the Act to shut down criticism expressed in terms, no doubt, that are regarded as unfavourable, but it's to shut down criticism."

Prosecutor Assaad tried to argue the YouTuber was 'leading the charge' and was worried the video could influence witnesses in the case.

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However, Magistrate Milledge hit back, saying: "That's a charge? God, it's not even a walk through the park. It's inane."

She adjourned the case until next week.

Magistrate Milledge told NSW Police they have until that time to come up with a specific reason why they want the YouTube videos suppressed, instead of giving the court 'a dump of everything that's been said on a video'.

Featured Image Credit: FriendlyJordies/Instagram

Topics: Australia

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