Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Censorship Does Not Equal Openness

Censorship Does Not Equal Openness

The Government's recent announcement, that media reports on Family Court proceedings will be subject to censorship, makes a mockery of its claims that it is making the court more open, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

"The announcement by the Government yesterday, that judges will be able to require that news reports be submitted to the court for approval prior to publication, are tantamount to censorship of the highest order," Dr Newman said.

"This puts paid to the hopes that the Family Court was to become more open.

"There are already strong penalties for media organisations that break the understanding that children and victims of violence should be protected by name suppression - including up to three months imprisonment, $2000 fines for individuals and $10,000 fines for organisations.

"In the years of battling to open up the Family court, a key driving force has been the need for media scrutiny - a vital component of which is freedom.

"Labour's latest move, to curtail this freedom, risks undermining the efforts of all of those New Zealanders who have campaigned long and hard for more openness in the Family Court," Dr Newman said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news