While I was in Fiji the foreign media, including NZ media were complaining about “censorship of media by the regime”.
It was a constant low grade whine for 3 days….the duration of the media blackout on reporting the election.
The refrain back in NZ by idiots like David Farrar and Barry Soper was the same. “Media need to be free to report”, “this is an outrageous restriction on media freedoms.”..all calls made by various media, and commentators like the idiot from Amnesty International.
Of course they all forgot that we have a media blackout in New Zealand too, it is just that ours is only one day.
Under the Electoral Act, it is an offence to influence a voter in any way on polling day.
This covers who they should or shouldn’t vote for and statements which might influence a person to abstain from voting.
Political parties and the media are included in this, meaning news outlets must not run stories which are likely to influence voters.
Political coverage can start again when voting closes at 7pm.