Posts Tagged ‘hate speech’

Better love overrides hateful accusations and judgement

Monday, August 30th, 2021
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The Government has recently released proposals for legislating a new offence against communications that “intentionally incite/stir up, maintain or normalise hatred”. The proposals themselves seemed to have stirred up strong reactions among people, including among some Christian churches and societies. Depending on what YouTube’s algorithm has decreed you should enjoy watching, some of these reactions Read more

Hate speech: who decides who needs protecting?

Monday, August 9th, 2021
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On Friday submissions close for the Government’s proposed changes to the Human Rights Act 1993. The proposal, which the Government “agrees to in principle”, is to make illegal “hate speech” against a range of different groups of people. This is a very dangerous step for any society to make. It seems incongruous, doesn’t it? Surely Read more

Hate speech laws translated from legalese: What you need to know

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
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New hate speech law proposals from the government are a bit confusing, and some of the debate so far seems to have muddied the waters, reducing something that began as an effort to combat racism, terrorism and hatred to name calling and taunts by politicians. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Justice Minister Kris Faafoi contradicted Read more

Is Ardern preparing her escape route from hate speech laws?

Thursday, July 8th, 2021
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On the campaign trail last year, Ardern raised eyebrows when she blithely told journalists she expected “wide support” for expanding existing hate-speech laws to include religion. When asked whether sexual orientation, age or disability could be included, she said, “Yeah.” The Prime Minister, who had just unveiled a memorial plaque at Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, Read more

Religion hate speech crackdown promised

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is promising to crack down on hate speech and restrict free speech if she can govern alone after the election. She promised to include religion under legislation that deals with hate speech and discrimination. “In a modern New Zealand, everyone would agree no one should be discriminated for their religion. “It Read more

Hate speech legislation on hold till after election

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
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A proposal that could make hate speech a criminal offence has been stalled and is unlikely to pass before the election. The Government fast-tracked a review of hate speech legislation in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch terror attack last year. Justice Minister Andrew Little declared existing legislation on the issue “woefully inadequate.” Following Read more

Free of speech or hate speech?

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

A new wave of posters and stickers promoting a recently-launched white nationalist group have been spotted at Auckland university this week. A spokesperson for the university has described the group’s views as abhorrent but said they are protected by freedom of speech. Read more Related Posts:UK bill to fine universities for failing to protect…Muslim group: Read more

‘OK’ hand gesture listed as symbol of hate

Monday, September 30th, 2019

A Jewish civil rights organisation has added the index finger-to-thumb “OK” sign to its database of “Hate on Display” symbols. The suspected white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, accused of killing 51 worshippers “OK” hand gesture during an initial court appearance. Read more Related Posts:Muslim group: Submission process for hate speech…Race Commissioner keen on tougher Read more

LouIs Theroux’s special guest for NZ Live Show

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, the subject of some of Louis’ most famous documentaries, will make a special appearance with Louis on stage in Auckland. Phelps-Roper is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church known for picketing funerals of U.S. service members. Since leaving the Read more

A book defending free speech rejected for fear of hate speech

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

The claim a New Zealand academic’s latest book has been banned may be a little over-egged, but a publisher’s interpretation of international hate speech laws is an interesting example of the current global tensions between free speech and hate speech. Read more Related Posts:Muslim group: Submission process for hate speech…UK bill to fine universities for Read more