We all know that video going around of the Christchurch shooting is very disturbing. We like to think that few, if anyone condones the actions taken. There is no question that this is heavy-handed government censorship. The questions we have:
-Is prison time cruel/unusual punishment? Put the idea that it is censorship aside for this question, and pretend that it is a legitimate crime, rather than backlash due to emotional turmoil.
-If any New Zealanders are here can they point us to a law on the books, or any case law that dictates this is not simply an authoritarian push with out precedent to keep people from viewing media the government doesn’t like?
-Are there any legitimate reasons to ban the viewing/downloading/spread of the material?
Our stance is that it is freedom of press/information to be able to view the video. Will some people want to see it because they are edgy? Yes. Will some people make jokes, or propaganda with it? Yes. These are not reasons to imprison people for wanting to see what happened on the day. In another post made by someone, they raise a very good point about how being able to view the footage keeps misinformation from being held to scrutiny. If the video is unwatchable by the New Zealanders they will be unable to tell if what the MSM is saying is true. This will open up doors for them to use it for their own propaganda purposes.