Civil Liberties

New Zealand Considers Press Regulation

What in Hell is happening to freedom of the press in English-speaking countries?


New Zealand may set up a regulator to deal with every aspect of media—broadcasting, print and online news.

A report by the country's law commission has produced a report urging the creation of a sort of one-stop shop for both old and new media to be known as the News Media Standards Authority (NMSA).

The law commission's president, Grant Hammond, distanced the decision from the Leveson inquiry by stating that said that New Zealand's review was not driven by a crisis of confidence in its media.

Instead it was prompted by gaps and disparities in the legal and ethical standards and accountabilities that applied to news and current affairs.