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Friday, October 15, 2010

National Government shouldn't empower BSA to gag bloggers


Govt wrestles with law, ethics for on-line media
The Government is looking into regulating bloggers, Twitter, Facebook and other internet-based publishing to protect the integrity of the justice system.

But bloggers warn it is very difficult to draw a line between what should and should not be published over the internet, and regulation can always be sidestepped by setting up a site overseas.

Television, radio and newspapers reports about criminal trials or other aspects of the justice system are regulated by standards of balance, truth and fairness.

But "new media", as Justice Minister Simon Power termed them, are not regulated beyond the requirements of the law.

"It's a bit of a Wild West in cyberspace at the moment, because bloggers and online publishers are not subject to any form of regulation or professional or ethical standards," Mr Power said.

"Issues I'm concerned about include how trials can be prejudiced by information posted on websites and seen by jurors, real-time online streaming of court cases, breaches of court suppression orders, and republication of a libel."


And I think there isn't much issue with that, Cam got righteously nailed by the Courts recently as the Judiciary stamped its authority on-line, issues regarding trials and suppression orders aren't controversial expansions of power, but it's this next part that is the danger...

He said there should be one set of rules for all news media, and the review - by the Law Commission - would look at extending the powers of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and/or the Press Council to cover new media.

...which means Simon Power wants to force the same gag rules of 'balance' used in the mainstream onto the blogosphere. The BSA can go fuck itself if it wants to try and enforce it's narrow view of what can be said and what can not be said because decisions by a political board as to what can be said on-line are not warranted or needed. As the Lord of the Blog, David Farrar pointed out...

"If you tell a lie you can be exposed as a liar, if you defame someone you can be sued for defamation," he said.

"You get pounced on within minutes if you have something wrong.


Simon Power of course is the Minister who called for Tumeke to be shut down after believing his own hype over prisons being an adult Disneyland when he wrongly claimed Tim Selwyn was blogging from Prison on a computer. Power had sold the concept of luxury prisons to the NZ public in the lead up to the 2008 election and believed that there were computers available in prison alongside the flat screen TV's, underfloor heating and landscaped gardening to rival the great gardens of Europe. In his rush to believe his own lie re luxury prisons, Power had wrongly believed prisoners had access to blogs and when Tim's blogs from prison appeared on this site, he called for Tumeke to be taken down. If he had his way under this new BSA he could have done that.

Let the BSA tell the corporate news media what to do, and if bloggers breach the law, take them to court, but expanding what the Government thinks is fair and balanced on-line to what I have to say in a blog, a tweet or on my bloody facebook ain't your business Mr Power.

10 Comments:

At 15/10/10 11:47 am, Anonymous hannah said...

Fuck Simon Power and fuck this government, how dare they tell the free media what to say and publish, if you don’t agree don’t fucking log on to the website!
Why don’t they go and regulate the abominable Herald which publishes bullshit on a daily basis? Oh no that’s already controlled for the fascist lovers to engage in.
The reason they want free media banned is because
1) The pathetic govt isn’t making money off them.
2) The public might learn a thing or two from people are aren’t on their payroll

I hope none of this shit happens, we need free media and bloggers, without them we have no voice. Go Bomber continue your awesome work! =)

 
At 15/10/10 1:19 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And so it starts!! Local body elections indicate a swing to the left so the manoevering to stamp on democracy pumps up. The police State is too slow getting underway so lets give it a bit of a push. Arm the cops (they're not even using terrorism as an excuse!) and gag the media. Seems like a good start to me! Wonder how they will use Gerry Brownlee's vast powers to help things along??

 
At 15/10/10 5:27 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the website, Mr Traviss found that Slater had debated the merits of a name suppression order, and had published a series of images which named a person subject to a name suppression order in court.

Mr Traviss said he was able to work out the name of the person from the sequence of images, and he said he was not told the name he was looking for beforehand.

"The name was not known to me but it was quite clear from the images who it was," he said.

YEAH IT'S TRAVIS FROM W.K.R.P IN CINCINATTI AIN'T IT HA HA HA...GET A LIFE...

 
At 15/10/10 5:28 pm, Anonymous Angela said...

"Local body elections indicate a swing to the left so the manoevering to stamp on democracy pumps up."

-My fecking arse it does. Put a name to opinions like that so I can call you something other than MORON.

This attempt to impose ethics that crappy mainstream media don't follow is playing havoc with my Tourettes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It certainly IS dangerous. Bloggers wouldn't have gained any traction or audience had the Mainstream Fourth Estate fulfilled it's role in a robust democracy. Only the internet is left.........

 
At 15/10/10 5:31 pm, Blogger peterquixote said...

I only heard Simon Power from Parliament on one issue, and that was the increase of price of tobacco.
He is an idiot. Pure and Simple NZ NAT party idiot.
Tauranga voted for him because they are old, and,

 
At 15/10/10 7:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crown prosecutor Ross Burns said Slater's breach of the name suppression orders went beyond naming of prominent people who had offended, as it extended to the protection of victims.

Mr Burns rubbished Slater's claims he was exercising freedom of speech, and said Slater making references to people on his website was a self-serving method of drawing attention to himself.

The excuse of protecting the victims is a weak one as our whole society is weakened by hiding behind positions of privilege usually associated with race as well!

 
At 15/10/10 11:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Detective Tim Traviss of the Auckland corporate fraud squad DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE IN SOUTH CANTERBURY FINANCE CAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!NAME AND SHAME

 
At 15/10/10 11:32 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slater told police he sometimes did "random things" because he was on medication for clinical depression.

JUST LIKE "CHRIS" CARTER??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

 
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At 16/10/10 11:34 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone surprised though?
This government LOVES making new rules.
Nanny State.
Hypocritical fuckwits.
Keep meddling in peoples affairs National.
Like Fresh-Up
Its gotta be good for you!

 

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