Nationals MP Wes Fang unconcerned with arrest and charging of Friendlyjordies producer for stalking

Dramatic: A still from the Friendlyjordies YouTube site showing producer Kristo Langker on the ground while being arrested at his home in Sydney.
Dramatic: A still from the Friendlyjordies YouTube site showing producer Kristo Langker on the ground while being arrested at his home in Sydney.

A NATIONALS MP does not have any concerns about the arrest and charging of a YouTube comedian's producer, despite a fellow politician from the area saying it had "extremely disturbing" implications.

MP Wes Fang was reacting to Kristo Langker, 21, being charged with two stalking offences related to his party leader, NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

Langker is a producer for Friendlyjordies, AKA Jordan Shanks, who is being sued by Mr Barilaro after making videos accusing the Deputy Premier of corruption.

MP Helen Dalton, who has been in Friendlyjordies videos and had crew at her house, believes the action against Langker is wrong given he approached Mr Barilaro in public areas.

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"The implications for free speech and civil liberties are extremely disturbing," Ms Dalton said

"A special unit established to tackle extremists should not be arresting a YouTube comedian."

Ms Dalton was referring to the fixated persons investigation unit set up after the deadly Lindt Cafe terrorism siege and given the task of probing those obsessed to an irrational degree with a public office holder or an extreme ideological cause.

Behind him: NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro with his Riverina parliamentary party colleague Wes Fang in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Behind him: NSW Nationals leader John Barilaro with his Riverina parliamentary party colleague Wes Fang in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Asked if he had any unease about Langker's arrest, Mr Fang was carefree.

"I don't have concerns at all, this is another example of Helen Dalton being critical of the government unnecessarily and in an unwarranted way," Mr Fang said.

"The fixated persons unit was doing as the name suggests.

"That person had already approached the Deputy Premier and the footage shows that person approached the Deputy Premier on another occasion and it fits within the remit of the fixated persons unit."

Shanks, in a video detailing Langker's apprehension, described the unit as a "legalised goon squad" and said his producer attempted to tell an arresting officer that "our work is not cyber bullying it's journalism".

Mr Fang said Langker was not a journalist and "doesn't have journalistic credentials" and that Mr Barilaro was suffering abuse and "unfair criticism" from "what is effectively a Labor-supporting comedian".

This story MP says criticism of YouTube producer's arrest unwarranted first appeared on The Border Mail.