Decisions

OMSA Members join the Press Council

The members of the Online Media Standards Authority (“OMSA”) are pleased to announce that all online publications over which they have editorial control will now be under the jurisdiction of The New Zealand Press Council. This change is effective 1 January 2017. This agreement ensures that the public will continue to have a free, independent and efficient forum for resolving …

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Terekia v Maori Television (16/019)

 Content: “Te Haaro o te Kaahu Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua 2016 – Te Wharekura o Arowhenua”. Publisher: Maori Television Complainant: Settled Click here to view full Decision The Chairman noted the concerns of the Complainant that the content was inaccurate. The Chairman noted the Publisher said it had relied on the information provided to it and had updated the story on receipt of the …

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Hunter v RNZ (16/018)

Content: “Israel cuts off water during Ramadan”. Publisher: RNZ Complainant: Settled Click here to view full Decision The Chairman noted the concerns of the Complainant that the headline was inaccurate as the issue related to a burst pipe. The Chairman noted the Publisher accepted the title could have been better worded and on learning of the complaint, amended it to be clearer. Noting the …

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Watkin v Whale Oil Beef Hooked (16/017)

Content: “Tim Watkins joins the cast of ‘The Lifeboat’” Publisher: Whale Oil Beef Hooked Complainant: T. Watkin Click here to view full Decision The Chairman noted that since receipt of the complaint, the Publisher had confirmed its resignation as a member of the Online Media Standards Authority. As the Publisher was no longer a member and had advised the Secretariat it would not engage further …

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Anderson v MediaWorks (16/016)

Content: “Extreme body piercing: Shocking photos of body suspension”. Publisher: MediaWorks, Complainants: A. Anderson Click here to view full Decision The Chairman accepted the Complainant was offended by the graphic body piercing images in the article and was of the view it encouraged young people to self-harm. The Chairman considered in the context of the article in its entirety and the nature …

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Westaway v Television New Zealand (16/015)

Content: “Is this NZ’s worst driver? Dashcam captures Timaru car in near head- on – then on footpath” Publisher: Television New Zealand Complainants: J. Westaway and K. Westaway Click here to view full Decision The Chairman accepted the Complainants’ view the content was misleading, unfair and breached the privacy of the individual shown in the footage. The Chairman noted the response from the …

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Thompson v RNZ (16/021)

Content: “How to sidestep NZ tax disclosure rules”. Thursday 23 June 2016 Publisher: RNZ Complainant: R. Thompson Click here to view full Decision An article published by Radio New Zealand (RNZ) on its website alleged Complainant R. Thompson, “specifically advised” his clients to avoid countries with information sharing agreements with New Zealand and instructed his clients to avoid any countries that …

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Thompson v Television New Zealand (16/020)

Content: ONE News Now “Nicky Hager: How to sidestep NZ tax disclosure rules”. Thursday 23 June 2016 Publisher: Television New Zealand Complainant: R. Thompson Click here to view full Decision An article published by Television New Zealand (TVNZ) on its ONE News Now website alleged Complainant R. Thompson, specifically advised his clients to avoid countries with “information sharing agreements” with …

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Williams v Television New Zealand (16/014)

Content: “Carlos Takam dishes not funny NZ comedian a spray after ‘kiss arse’ remark”. Publisher: Television New Zealand Complainant: R. Williams Click here to view full Decision The Chairman accepted the Complainant considered the content to be misleading, unfair and denigrated Guy Williams because he was employed by a competitor. The Chairman held the content was comment on behaviour by Mr …

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Knox v Whale Oil Beef Hooked (16/010)

Content: “Cats Have Killed More Dolphins that McDonalds ever has by buying Hoki”. Publisher: Whale Oil Beef Hooked Complainant: G. Knox Click here to view full Decision The Chairman accepted the Complainant was offended by the term “Kraut” in reference to German people. The Chairman considered in the context of the article in its entirety and the nature of the website the …

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