Decisions

Anderson v Television New Zealand (15/014)

Content: ONE News Facebook: “Kill them and terrorise them – ISIS releases terrifying video following Paris attacks.”

Publisher: Television New Zealand

Complainant: L. Anderson

Outcome: No Grounds to Proceed

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The Chairman accepted the Complainant was offended by the content in the Facebook post which he considered gratified the work of ISIS and frightened the public.

The Chairman took into account the post identified the content of the video as disturbing and this was reiterated at the beginning of the video.

In considering whether the content was presented in a way that was likely to cause panic, unwarranted alarm or undue distress, the Chairman held the content was simply reporting news and current affairs which were of high public interest. The Chairman held, that objectively, the brief post and video did not gratify ISIS and was unlikely to cause unwarranted fear or panic.

The Chairman accordingly ruled the ONE News Facebook post met the requirements of Standard 5 and there was no breach of the Code of Standards and therefore, no grounds for the complaint to proceed.

Chairman’s Ruling: No Grounds to Proceed

Ruling date: 2 December 2015