More Herald hypocrisy

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The NZ Herald stated that they stood with Charlie Hebdo, they got their cartoonist to plagiarise another cartoon for their front page and then refused to publish the survivors edition of Charlie Hebdo.

To add insult to injury they claimed a long-standing policy of not insulting religious communities (the policy has only been in place since the Danish cartoon controversy).

Despite all that they continue and have insulted communities, just not the Islamic community. They feel free to insult Buddhists, Christians and others. I have provided numerous examples of their breaches of their own “long-standing policy”.

Readers have identified even more, including insulting images to Hindus.

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In the dead tree version of the NZ Herald columnist Dita de Boni used an image of Kali. The online version omits it, because they pulled it from the website after complaints from the Indian community.

An illustration of the Hindu goddess Kali holding amongst other things a packet of cigarettes published in the New Zealand Herald has caused shock and offence in the Indian community. The Hindu Council of New Zealand has formally brought this to the notice of the Race Relations Commissioner.

The illustration was pulled from the newspaper’s website, but a string of comments refer to it. “The Goddess Kali image you put up is very offensive to Hindus. This is a national newspaper and you should have given it a thought before you put up an image like that. Would appreciate if you can remove it,” said Sathu in a comment on Herald’s online version of the story, before the cartoon was removed.

Another comment by Jptan reads, “I was just going to say the same. I’m not Hindu but this image seems like it might cause offense and whoever drew and put it up was a bit ignorant of that fact.”

The illustration accompanies the story which talks about dairy owners expected to become moral police. Indian Associations are of the opinion that the illustration in addition to depicting what Hindus hold sacred in a derogatory fashion; has no connection to the article. “The illustration of Goddess Kali published in New Zealand Herald cannot be attributed to ignorance and has nothing to do with the article on dairy owners that it was accompanying. It seems to be a malicious desire to cause mischief by the cartoonist and the editor. They hurriedly removed the caricature from their internet version and this indicates they realized they had been caught, but instead of an apology and owning up, they just hoped no one will notice.

So they pulled it from online, they still haven’t done that for other images that likewise insulted religious communities.

Like the Powershop image:

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Or other St Matthews in the City billboards which many found offensive.

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and:

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So it seems insulting Christians is ok with the NZ Herald and their editors, despite a clear stated policy of not doing so. They won’t publish images that insult Muslims. Buddhists and Hindus are ok to insult, but if someone has a good hard moan then they will take the images down.

It seems that the NZ Herald’s policy is somewhat porous, so much so that it is actually unfit for purpose.

After all who is to be the arbiter of what is insulting or not.

As Bill Maher said “Free speech only works if there are no waivers”.

The NZ Herald has waivers, they don’t actually believe in free speech, they need to get t-shirts made with “Je suis part of the problem” because they certainly aren’t Charlie.

 

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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