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Murdering Free Speech In New Zealand: Judge Bans Internet Reporting

by | 25th, August 2008

IN New Zealand, a judge has taken banned news websites from naming two men charged with murder while allowing newspapers, radio stations and TV networks to reveal who they are.

Judge David Harvey said online media could not use the names, or publish images of the accused, to prevent the public searching for the information when the case comes to trial.

He said he was “concerned about someone Googling someone’s name and being able to access it later”.

He was also “concerned about the viral effect of digital publication”.

Banning information?

Judge Harvey ruled in Manukau District Court that it was OK to report the names and publish the images in print tomorrow or on tonight’s 6pm television news but not on news websites.

To find out who the men are you can buy tomorrow’s New Zealand Herald.

Or read about it a million and more blogs and non-news websites…

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