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follow Patrick 2019 Mar 17, 9:36am
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New Zealand authorities have reminded citizens that they face up to 10 years in prison for "knowingly" possessing a copy of the New Zealand mosque shooting video - and up to 14 years in prison for sharing it. Corporations (such as web hosts) face an additional $200,000 ($137,000 US) fine under the same law. ...Copies of Tarrant's livestream, along with his lengthy manifesto, began to rapidly circulate on various file hosting sites following the attack, which as we noted Friday - were quickly scrubbed from mainstream platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Scribd. YouTube has gone so far as to intentionally disable search filters so that people cannot find Christchurch shooting materials - including footage of suspected multiple shooters as well as the arrest of Tarrant and other suspects. ...On Saturday, journalist Nick Monroe reported that New Zealand police have warned citizens that they face imprisonment for distributing the video, while popular New Zealand Facebook group Wellington Live notes that "NZ police would like to remind the public that it is an offence to share an objectional publication which includes the horrific video from yesterday's attack. If you see this video, report it immediately. Do not download it. Do not share it. If you are found to have a copy of the video or to have shared it, you face fines & potential imprisonment."
While the video is no doubt offensive, it is an offense against free speech to imprison people for possessing or sharing it.
Not every country has the same laws as USA.
censoring the video is a bad idea because it goes down the rabbit hole of totalitarianism and thought control that Orwell warned us about.
Goran_K sayscensoring the video is a bad idea because it goes down the rabbit hole of totalitarianism and thought control that Orwell warned us about.I think it is more about compassion and protecting the dignity of the victims and their families. It has nothing to do with tyranny with a happy face (also referred to as political correctness or social justice activism).
The banning of his manifesto is simply the hot purely SJW move right now. You know how I know? Because Hitlers speeches where he is demonizing Jews (of which he eventually killed 6 million) are free to watch on YouTube in startling audio quality and video (for the time period) without nary a peep from the SJW lefties.
Being able to view the killers manifesto, his mannerisms, has educational value. If the video was just him shooting people, you might have a point. But his behavior, words, and motivations are crucial in understanding what drives these lunatics.
So if a NZ guy is caught sharing that video with a few friends, he could go to jail for longer than the guy who did the shooting.
It has nothing to do with tyranny