465Ridicule and Denigrate Parliament... Before It's Too Late!
- Jun 26, 2007PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ridicule and Denigrate Parliament... Before It's Too Late!
"Members of the media who use images of Parliament in session to
embarrass MPs will now be guilty of contempt of Parliament," fumes
Bernard Darnton, leader of the Libertarianz Party. "This is a
completely unacceptable breach of media freedom. What next, a ban on
cartoons which embarrass MPs? Editorials? Letters to the Editor?"
"The transparency of democracy demands that members of the press and
public alike should be able to witness Parliament in session and
record it for posterity," explains Darnton. "If Members of Parliament
act childishly in a way that lends itself to ridicule, then the public
has an absolute right to know. In fact, it may become impossible to
film some politicians at all!"
"It is surprising to see the Green party backing these restrictions on
free speech, given Sue Kedgeley's wise remarks that 'without freedom
of speech in our Parliament, we would not have a functioning
"Add to this the chilling effect of the threat of jail terms for
making fun of Parliament. One is reminded of China or Soviet Russia,"
Darnton said. "The new rules forbid the media from using images of
Parliament in session for 'satire, ridicule or denigration'. Yet with
this attack on freedom of expression, Parliament is worthy only of
ridicule and denigration."
For more information, see http://www.freespeech.org.nz/ or contact:
Phone: 021 324 466 / 04 586 2182
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