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465Ridicule and Denigrate Parliament... Before It's Too Late!

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  • Libertarianz Media Centre
    Jun 26 7:40 PM
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      PRESS RELEASE

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Free Speech

      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
      democracy'."

      "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."

      ENDS

      For more information, see http://www.freespeech.org.nz/ or contact:

      Bernard Darnton
      Libertarianz Leader
      Phone: 021 324 466 / 04 586 2182
      Email: bernard.darnton@...

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