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Hate speech law stalled until after election – no support yet from NZ First

President of the Manawatu Muslim Association Riyaz Rahman says there is still work to be done on curbing hate speech. A proposal that could make hate speech a criminal offence, as it is in the United Kingdom, has been stalled and is unlikely to pass before the election. The Government fast-tracked a review of hate… Continue reading Hate speech law stalled until after election – no support yet from NZ First

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Andrew Little forges ahead with sharia laws for New Zealand

This month police revealed they were already “working actively” to better track crimes motivated by hatred, but details about how or when changes would take place remain unclear. The Ministry of Justice has looked at relevant aspects of the Human Rights Act, the Harmful Digital Communications Act, and sections of the Crimes Act to see what… Continue reading Andrew Little forges ahead with sharia laws for New Zealand

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Criminalising hate speech: New Zealand considers policing hateful expression.

Manawatū Muslim Association president Riyaz Rahman says there is still work to be done on curbing hate speech. Last year, a human rights taskforce was assembled to tackle what authorities considered was a growing issue. Anecdotally, hate-motivated speech and acts were on the rise. Around three in 10 Kiwis reported viewing abuse online. In the real world, there seemed… Continue reading Criminalising hate speech: New Zealand considers policing hateful expression.