When is the line crossed?

Our cabal of media moguls have collectively agreed to suppress information. They have, apparently, already convicted someone who admires China and who spent long periods in Turkey and Pakistan, as a white supremacist. What if the issue was something else? How would their censorship actions sound then?

Example One:

We agree that the following protocol will apply to our outlets’ coverage and reportage of fluoridation:

  • We shall, to the extent that is compatible with the principles of open justice, limit any coverage of statements, that actively champion fluoridation of the water supply.
  • For the avoidance of doubt the commitment set out at (a) shall include the pro-fluoridation leaflets.
  • We will not broadcast or report on any message, imagery, symbols or signals (including hand signals) made by the pro-fluoridation spokesman or his associates promoting or supporting pro-fluoridation ideology.
  • Where the inclusion of such signals in any images is unavoidable, the relevant parts of the image shall be pixellated.
  • To the greatest extent possible, the journalists that are selected by each of the outlets to cover the fluoridation discussion will be experienced personnel.
  • These guidelines may be varied at any time, subject to a variation signed by all parties.
  • This Protocol shall continue in force indefinitely.

The statement was signed by Media Freedom Committee chair Maxima Obscura, NZTV, NZNME, Puff, RideoNZ and Mediashirks.

“As a group and as individual editors we are committed to ensuring the outlets we represent cover the upcoming debate comprehensively and responsibly.”

Puff Editorial Director said as the “eyes and ears” of the public, the media played a vital role in reporting the discussion.

“It’s important not just that the debate is covered, but that it’s seen to be covered.”

Puff would cover the fluoridation debate fairly and accurately, without allowing pro-fluoridation or scientific ideology to be championed, he said.

Example two:

We agree that the following protocol will apply to our outlets’ coverage and reportage of climate change:

  • We shall, to the extent that is compatible with the principles of open justice, limit any coverage of statements, that actively champion scientific scrutiny of the man-made climate change dogma.
  • For the avoidance of doubt the commitment set out at (a) shall include the scientific papers that question the group-think.
  • We will not broadcast or report on any message, imagery, symbols or signals (including hand signals) made by the “deniers” or their associates promoting or supporting the idea that climate change could be natural.
  • Where the inclusion of such signals in any images is unavoidable, the relevant parts of the image shall be pixellated.
  • To the greatest extent possible, the journalists that are selected by each of the outlets to cover the climate change issue will be experienced personnel.
  • These guidelines may be varied at any time, subject to a variation signed by all parties.
  • This Protocol shall continue in force indefinitely.

The statement was signed by Media Freedom Committee chair Maxima Obscura, NZTV, NZNME, Puff, RideoNZ and Mediashirks.

“As a group and as individual editors we are committed to ensuring the outlets we represent cover the scientific debate comprehensively and responsibly.”

Puff Editorial Director said as the “eyes and ears” of the public, the media played a vital role in reporting the discussion.

“It’s important not just that ideas are debated, but that it’s seen to be done.”

Puff would cover the debate fairly and accurately, without allowing natural climate change factors to be championed, he said.

Example three:

We agree that the following protocol will apply to our outlets’ coverage and reportage of the Rugby World Cup:

  • We shall, to the extent that is compatible with the principles of open justice, limit any coverage of statements, that actively champion All Black supremacy.
  • For the avoidance of doubt the commitment set out at (a) shall include the All Black promotional material.
  • We will not broadcast or report on any message, imagery, symbols or signals (including hand signals) made by the All Blacks or their supporters promoting or supporting All Black supremacy.
  • Where the inclusion of such signals in any images is unavoidable, the relevant parts of the image shall be pixellated.
  • To the greatest extent possible, the journalists that are selected by each of the outlets to cover the Rugby World Cup will be experienced personnel.
  • These guidelines may be varied at any time, subject to a variation signed by all parties.
  • This Protocol shall continue in force indefinitely.

The statement was signed by Media Freedom Committee chair Maxima Obscura, NZTV, NZNME, Puff, RideoNZ and Mediashirks.

“As a group and as individual editors we are committed to ensuring the outlets we represent cover the upcoming Rugby World Cup comprehensively and responsibly.”

Puff Editorial Director said as the “eyes and ears” of the public, the media played a vital role in reporting the games.

“It’s important not just that the Cup is reported, but that it’s seen to be reported.”

Puff would cover the Rugby World Cup fairly and accurately, without allowing All Black supremacy to be championed, he said.

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