Decisions

Thompson v RNZ (16/013)

Content: Toby and Toby “The Panama Paper Chase”. Publisher: RNZ Complainant: R. Thompson Click here to view full Decision The Chairman accepted the Complainant was offended by the cartoon in the article and noted their concerns it was inaccurate as there was no evidence to support the suggestion New Zealand was a tax haven for South American businesses. The preliminary comment from the …

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Bright v Whale Oil Beef Hooked (16/012)

Content: “Can Penny Bright Explain This?” Publisher: Whale Oil Beef Hooked Complainant: P. Bright Click here to view full Decision The complaint was by and about Penny Bright, a 2016 Auckland City Mayoral candidate and the use of a Watercare water meter at her property in Auckland. The content was headed “Can Penny Bright Explain This?” and was written by Cameron Slater.  …

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Harding V MediaWorks (16/009)

Content: “Police appalled by ‘alcohol-fuelled bravado” Thursday, 20 March 2016 Publisher: MediaWorks, Newshub website Complainant: S. Harding Click here to view full Decision The Chairman accepted the Complainant was offended by the length and violent nature of the video in the article. The Chairman took into account the preliminary comment from MediaWorks which said the video “was challenging but it was quite clearly …

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James v Whale Oil Beef Hooked (16/008)

Content: “The House Today #NZQT” Tuesday, 29 March 2016 Publisher: Whale Oil Beef Hooked Complainant: J. James Click here to view full Decision The Chairman accepted the Complainant was offended by the user generated comments on the Whale Oil Beef Hooked article and was concerned one of them endorsed violence. The Chairman accepted the preliminary comment from the Publisher which said the …

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James v Whale Oil Beef Hooked (16/007)

Content: “Oh Crap… when town meets country and blood is on show” Tuesday, 29 March 2016 Publisher: Whale Oil Beef Hooked Complainant: J. James Click here to view full Decision The Chairman accepted the Complainant was offended by the user generated comments on the Whale Oil Beef Hooked article. The Chairman accepted the preliminary comment from the Publisher which said the article “contains …

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Lawrence and Others v Radio New Zealand (16/004)

Content: Checkpoint with John Campbell Facebook post, first published 18 February 2016 Publisher: Radio New Zealand Complainant: G. Lawrence and Others Outcome: Upheld Click here to view full Decision Summary The material subject to complaint was offensive user generated comments about the Prime Minister and his mother on RNZ’s Checkpoint with John Campbell Facebook page. The Complainants said the user generated comments were seriously …

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Jones v Television New Zealand (16/003)

Content: “Boy kisses father goodbye before blowing himself up in ISIS propaganda video.” 21 February 2016 Publisher: Television New Zealand, ONE News Now website Complainant: M. Jones Outcome: No Grounds to proceed Click here to view full Decision Summary The Chairman accepted the Complainant was offended by the content of the article as in their view it was inappropriate to promote the material …

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Meridian Energy v Television New Zealand (16/002)

Content: Video purportedly showing a wind turbine exploding at Meridian’s Te Apiti wind farm. 19 January 2016 Publisher: Television New Zealand, ONE News Now Facebook page Complainant: P. Clearwater on behalf of Meridian Energy Outcome: Settled Click here to view full Decision Summary The Chairman noted the concerns of the Complainant that the content was inaccurate as it incorrectly associated the story with Meridian Energy …

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Sothern v Whale Oil Beef Hooked (15/015 Appeal 15/002)

Content: “Special Investigation: Charity Begins at Home.” Publisher: Whale Oil Beef Hooked Complainant: A. Sothern Outcome: Appeal Dismissed Click here to view full Decision The Online Media Standards Authority Complaints Committee ruled on 11 December 2015 that the complaint made by A. Sothern of the NZ Charities Network against Publisher, Whale Oil Beef Hooked, was Not Upheld OMSA15015. The Complainant appealed the Decision …

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Cunningham v Television New Zealand (16/001)

Content:“Mitchell Pearce stood down over lewd act with dog.”  Thursday, 28 January 2016 Publisher: Television New Zealand, ONE News Now website Complainant: C. Cunningham Outcome: No Grounds to proceed Click here to view full Decision Summary  The Chairman accepted the Complainant was offended by the image of Mitchell Pearce and the headline “Mitchell Pearce stood down over lewd act with dog” which …

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