New Zealand bans sharing manifesto of alleged Christchurch mosque shooter

New Zealand bans sharing manifesto of alleged Christchurch mosque shooter
New Zealand’s censorship office has made it an offence to share or possess the hate-filled manifesto of the alleged gunman behind the Christchurch mosque shootings .

The document has been deemed “objectionable” under the country’s laws, and officials have asked those who have downloaded it to delete it.

“Others have referred to this publication as a ‘manifesto’, but I consider it a crude booklet that promotes murder and terrorism,” New Zealand’s Chief Censor David Shanks said in a statement.

Last Friday, 50 people were killed and dozens of others injured after a gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch. A 17-minute video of the attack that was livestreamed online has already been deemed an offence to possess or share.

“There is an important distinction to be made between ‘hate speech’, which may be rejected by many right-thinking people but which is legal to express, and this type of publication, which is deliberately constructed to inspire further murder and terrorism,” Shanks said.

The statement said that while most New Zealanders who read the content would be repelled by its hateful message, they are not the target audience.

“It is aimed at a small group who may be receptive to its hateful, racist and violent ideology, and who may be inspired to follow the example set by its apparent author,” Shanks said.
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