Heavily redacted documents relating to the saga were recently obtained by Yemini’s legal team.
Yemini, an independent journalist working for Rebel News Australia was denied entry into New Zealand in August, when he attempted to fly to Wellington to cover the Freedoms and Rights Coalition parliament protest.
At the time government officials told Yemini the decision was made on the basis of a previous conviction he had for assault.
It has since emerged that the conviction was not one that met the threshold for denying entry.
The new documents add a further twist as emails reveal officials had pre-determined to send Yemini and fellow journalist Rukshan Fernando back to Australia, not on the basis of any conviction, but because of ‘a propensity of both people to incite and agitate people with opposing views.’
Just when I thought Jacinda Ardern's New Zealand could not get any worse, I get my hands on the most shocking internal communications.
Watch this all the way through, then check out the complete documents at https://t.co/KSaAPRX2lq.
And RT the heck out of it. pic.twitter.com/tIzproGcEK
— Avi Yemini (@OzraeliAvi) October 17, 2022