Threats against COVID scientist detailed in court hearing

High-profile scientist Siouxsie Wiles left a New Zealand courtroom in tears on 6 November after recounting a threat made against her on Christmas Eve, writes Isaac Davison for The New Zealand Herald.

Wiles was giving evidence in her Employment Court case about her struggle to get her employer, the University of Auckland, to protect her against escalating threats and harassment over her public commentary on COVID-19 and advocacy for vaccination. The case is being closely watched because of its significance to academic freedom in New Zealand.

Wiles said the university finally started putting safety measures in place at the end of 2021, more than a year after she and colleagues first asked for protection. But its response was often slow and inadequate, she told the Employment Court. She was offered home security by the university after having her personal details published on a far-right social media platform.
Full report on The New Zealand Herald site