Today’s face of the day, Sean Plunkett, needs to be careful in future that he doesn’t call anyone an “ungrateful hua” online. Under the new Harmful Digital Communications Bill, Sean could be silenced if someone like Eleanor Catton complains that he caused her harm by saying something mean about her. As long as he sticks to insulting people via the Radio he should be fine. The trick is not to put your criticism in writing. Dead Tree Media is safe but put it on the internet and you are going to immediately be in dangerous territory where Freedom of Speech is under constant threat thanks to every political party except the Act Party.
A talkback host’s comments describing award-winning New Zealand author Eleanor Catton as an “ungrateful hua” and a “traitor” were not in breach of broadcasting standards.
– A newspaper