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National is focused on the issues that matter to Kiwis

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, March 7th, 2021 - 39 comments

National MP Barbara Kuriger has seized on the decision of the owners of Dr Seuss’s copyright to discontinue the printing of six Dr Seuss books with questionable content as evidence of cancel culture and has misrepresented which books are being discontinued.

No extradition for Assange

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 am, January 5th, 2021 - 104 comments

Great news. While unexpected, Nicky Hager who was an expert witness for Assange at the trial, thought this might be a possibility when he spoke to the Fabian Society in November. More details tomorrow.

Update: Bail application to be heard on Wednesday London time.

Assange’s torture and the death of journalism

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 pm, September 6th, 2020 - 60 comments

On the eve of Assange’s extradition hearing in London, award-winning freelancer Jonathan Cook has written a scathing indictment of corporate journalism’s collusion in ignoring his official torture. I posted an example of that here last year, where Richard Harman denied Assange was a journalist at a panel convened at Parliament by the British High Commissioner.

Social Media – A force for good?

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, November 22nd, 2019 - 8 comments

Nick Kelly on the role of social media in the UK election.

Hate Speech Is an Evitable Evil

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, May 19th, 2019 - 72 comments

Online behaviour like any other behaviour can be modified but this will not happen by itself.

Should white supremacists be preferred over ISIS?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, April 27th, 2019 - 117 comments

According to media sources in the United States Twitter won’t autoban white supremacists because too many GOP Politicians would be banned.

Reflections on Free Speech and Public Discourse

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 15th, 2019 - 119 comments

Silencing dissonant voices only leads to more and stronger dissonant voices and further radicalisation.

WTF Free Speech coalition?

Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, March 26th, 2019 - 564 comments

The Free Speech coalition has attacked the Chief Censor’s decision to rule the Christchurch Mosque killer’s manifesto as objectionable as an attack on free speech.  But the New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties has characterised the Censor’s decision as being entirely conventional.

Matt King goes full nut job

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, December 29th, 2018 - 77 comments

National MP Matt King has claimed that Stuff has been censoring comments that are critical of the Government and that an article expressing concerns about the run down of health infrastructure, the increase in child poverty, the use of private contractors to spy on us and the inability of NZTA to properly regulate WOF inspections is “left wing claptrap”.

New Privacy Law for 2019

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, December 1st, 2018 - 3 comments

A new Privacy law is in the process of being enacted. But in a world where privacy breaches are rampant and the consequences potentially devastating will it be enough?

Censorship again.

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 18th, 2018 - 13 comments

I’m not a great fan of George Monbiot. And Alex Jones is rubbish. But …

Failed Estate – the ABC of Trust

Written By: - Date published: 2:30 pm, September 30th, 2018 - 7 comments

In Australia this week the Liberal Government has become embroiled in a scandal relating to political pressure being brought to sack the head of the ABC and one of its most senior reporters.  Failed estate has the details.

Enough Bullshit!

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, September 3rd, 2018 - 129 comments

White South African farm murders.

Censorship

Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, August 23rd, 2018 - 13 comments

It seems that if you’re the right person, harbour the correct thoughts, have the right connections, and you don’t like whatever the political opinion, news or information that’s floating about is, then you can get it banned.

China and Google

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, August 6th, 2018 - 2 comments

Google is planning a launch of its eponymous spectacular search engine in which it allows censorship from the Chinese state. Some U.S. politicians aren’t happy about it. Principles are, in the words of the words of my tailor, funny; you loosen a bit here, you loosen a bit there, you find your trousers fall down. […]

Auntie Beeb gets a well deserved skelping.

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, August 3rd, 2018 - 11 comments

Censorship kicked into touch.

Burning it Down.

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, August 2nd, 2018 - 8 comments

The BBC goes a bit ‘book burny’ on it.

Free Speech.

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, July 11th, 2018 - 179 comments

It’s a principle.

Catriona MacLennan takes on the Law Society

Written By: - Date published: 6:16 pm, April 19th, 2018 - 49 comments

Catriona MacLennan is being sent to a disciplinary committee for criticising a judge, in a case where he made an appalling judgement.  Where are the freedom-of-speech advocates?

Alfred Ngaro reprimanded for being “naïve”

Written By: - Date published: 7:54 am, May 15th, 2017 - 53 comments

Alfred Ngaro has apologised to the Prime Minister for threatening the funding of voluntary organisations critical of the Government, not for expressing the views or even thinking them but for being naïve.

MSD tried to shut down housing providers

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, May 12th, 2017 - 25 comments

An attempt to gag emergency housing providers got quickly withdrawn when Checkpoint started making enquiries. Given this government’s record, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that there will be further attempts to shut down bad news.

Political interference in the OIA

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, December 9th, 2015 - 14 comments

Yesterday saw the release of the Obmudsman’s review of the operation of the OIA. I think it makes clear an unacceptable level of political interference in the process – albeit not at the level that was rampant in Dirty Politics.

A Government of spin redux

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, November 16th, 2015 - 26 comments

The Herald has withdrawn a story that reported on Government pressure on the ERO to rewrite a report after what appears to be pressure from the Government to do so.

Campbell Live Dumped

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, May 21st, 2015 - 83 comments

John Campbell has quit TV3. Campbell Live is dead.

In Solidarity with Sony

Written By: - Date published: 4:37 pm, December 20th, 2014 - 98 comments

Sony this week bowed to pressure to withdraw the movie The Interview because of a cyber attack on it from hackers associated with North Korea. This post is in support of freedom of speech and expression.

Nats’ selective science

Written By: - Date published: 6:45 am, November 7th, 2014 - 87 comments

Dita De Boni in the Herald takes the Nats to task for their selective use of science, and Sir Peter Gluckman proposes gagging scientists.

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