New Zealand: Sky TV fined for broadcasting “Christchurch massacre”

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Letter of Christchurch terrorist from prison posted on social media

New Zealand’s Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBC) has fined Sky TV for broadcasting a number of videos from the live broadcast of the Christchurch attack as part of its coverage on the attack on two mosques in March.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority of New Zealand on Tuesday ordered the network to be fined 4,000 New Zealand dollars equivalent to 2,567 US dollars, for covering the March 15 Christchurch attacks that killed 51 people and injured one, according to news agencies.

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In spite of the story, which was covered in news and of great interest, the videos themselves contained violent content that could cause severe hardship to citizens, especially the families and friends of victims and the wider Muslim community in New Zealand.

The Commission concluded in its decision that these sections are dangerous to glorify the perpetrator of the attack and the publication of messages so it should not be broadcast.

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Four days after the massacre, the head of the New Zealand Supervisory Authority rated the shootings as “obnoxious”, meaning that their broadcasting or participation is now illegal.