What about this one Mr Currie?


Yesterday the NZ Herald displayed its cowardice in the face of Islamic terror by refusing to show images of Mohammed.

They claimed it was a long standing policy but inquiries by WOBH show that the policy has been in place a mere 6 years.

When contacted editor Shayne Currie said:

We’ve paid careful consideration to religious imagery since the controversy and backlash surrounding the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in 2006.

The examples you’ve highlighted below are news stories about billboards put up by a mainstream Christian denomination – our policy does not prevent reporting on debates within faith communities.

The policy as stated by The NZ Herald article is:

The Herald’s longstanding policy is not to publish imagery designed to cause offence to religious or ethnic communities.

It is not a response to the views of extremists or jihadists, which the Herald of course opposes, but to respect the sensibilities of mainstream believers.

The NZ Herald seems ok with insulting Christians, but not Muslims.

It also seems that presenting offensive imagery of other cultures is ok as well with this story from December last year about the case of a Kiwi bar manager on charges in Burma for using an offensive image of Buddha in his bar advertisements.


A New Zealand manager accused of insulting Buddhism in a promotional poster for a bar in Rangoon, Burma, has pleaded not guilty to three charges.

The trial of Philip Blackwood, 32, began in Rangoon yesterday.

He faces three charges of breaching the country’s Religion Act by depicting Buddha wearing headphones on a poster for an event at the VGastro bar.

Blackwood, originally from Wellington, is the bar’s general manager.

Bar owner Tun Thurein and another employee have also been charged.

The Herald snippets page shows the offending image clearly, and it is also contained in the embedded video on the page. The NZ Herald has published this photo despite it clearly being offensive to Buddhists, especially in Burma. They know the stroy is about religion and beliefs because they have tagged it that way.heraldhypocrisy

They have yet again broken their own”policy”.

When is a policy not a policy? When it is broken repeatedly and only favours one religion is when.

The NZ Herald are hypocrites and it is shown daily. They simply aren’t afraid of offending Christians or Buddhists, but are afraid of offending Muslims.

Here is the thing, I don’t think they should even have such a policy, they should publish the images, but since they do have a policy then it should apply equally or not at all.

The offending image

The offending image

If you Google “buddha headphones” you will see that this is a common image, even printed on t-shirts, but you certainly wouldn’t want to wear those in Burma.

Nevertheless buddhist tend to pour petrol on themselves and self-immolate when they are offended so there isn’t much risk to the NZ Herald newsroom staff, whereas we now know that ISIS and Al Qaeda Islamic terrorists prefer to slaughter journalists and cartoonists. Christians of course just get very, very cross with you.

We now know that the NZ Herald hides the truth and protects certain violent elements in society from ridicule and mocking out of fear.

They have ceded their editorial policy to terrorism.


– NZ Herald


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  • Watcher

    One cannot even say “it APPEARS that the Herald have ceded their editorial policy to terrorism” They just have, that is all.

  • JAFA Gazza

    Should be renamed The New Zealand Hadith

  • cows4me

    They should start using the same type of paper as the Farm Trader, yellow.

  • Cowgirl

    I don’t know why the Herald doesn’t just put the imagery in an embedded link like Stuff did – that way no one gets offended who isn’t looking to be. The Herald should hang it’s head in shame – they have been outdone by Stuff and TVNZ.

  • In Vino Veritas

    I was called up the other night and asked, as a reader who had cancelled my subscription, whether I would be interested in a special deal (at lower rates for a period) to restart the subscription. I told the lad that it would be a cold day in hell before I re-subscribed to the Herald.
    And this sort of thing is why.

  • john Doe

    “the NZ Herald ok insulting Christians but not Muslims”…..they are also heavily into insulting bloggers and anyone else that dares challenge them. Hypocrites, bullies and cowards all rolled into one. Well past their used by date.

    • Raibert

      Seemingly they will only insult those who are unlikely to retaliate in a violent manner, i think this is normally called cowardice. They are certainly not advocates for free speech!

  • roxo

    Its safer to insult John Key and his family.
    I think you can safely say that the Herald is no longer a paragon of any sort of journalistic integrity but rather a muck-raking tabloid.

  • niggly

    Interesting that NZ Herald’s Emerson cartoon yesterday was rather bizarre and featured John Key kissing Bradley Ambrose.

    It is rather offensive in my view (and the NZH wouldn’t have dared to publish a cartoon of former PM Helen Clark kissing an woman that “antagonised” her), however in the interests of free-speech I won’t be getting upset nor angry! Simply dismayed at how low the NZH’s and Emerson’s standards have dropped. No wonder why I hardly buy their paper anymore.

    So the NZH feels like they can offend anyone as long as they aren’t Muslim or from the Left. Interesting. And cowardly at the same time.

    And then not only that, the NZH and Emerson’s cartoon is wrong in that they equate “hypocrisy” with John Key defending the free-speech of journalists and Charlie Hebdo with that of the Bradley Ambrose situation. In the latter case it was an illegal recording, as defined by the law. So if the NZH has an issue with that (clearly they have after all these years), they should lobby for a law change. Rather than promote illegal recording activities. Funny how they get on their high-horse in relation to illegal govt spy agency spying but condone journalists making illegal recordings (and even if it was “accidental”, then how come the recording was shopped to the NZH and then onto TV3 and leaked to Winston Peters?

    The NZ Herald should be renamed the NZ Hyprocrites (and Emerson is the hypocrite, sanctioned by the NZ Hypocrites, not John Key in relation to the MSM tea-pot tape meme)!

    • This is the same Herald who aided and abetted a criminal hacker in spreading my private emails all around the world…they don’t care for the law at all.

      • Whafe

        .”….. Hence so many voting with their feet and abandoning the NZ Herald. Yeah ha and wise choice

    • Michelle

      Hubbard is the cartoonist we have to endure here in the local rag and he hates JK and depicts him in some nasty sad ways. Says more about Hubbard than JK
      The rest of the rag is ok as long as you take it with a grain of salt

    • OneTrack

      Emmerson is a hard-left ideologue. I am the Standardinistas like him.

      Having said that he did a good cartoon today. Strangely, it didn’t mention John Key.

  • geoff

    Who can forget the ‘Virgin in a condom’, on display by our own national museum

    • Whafe

      Hence so many voting with their feet and abandoning the NZ Herald. Yeah ha and wise choice

    • Salacious Crumb

      Yes the Catholic community voiced their dismay over that one but never took it further. I wonder what the response would have been if an image of Mohammed drinking a beer, eating bacon or socialising with Jews had been depicted instead?

    • ShoreRight

      Or who can remember ? For those that didn’t care they didn’t care..end of story. Offending Islam has much higher stakes it would appear and clearly the Herald are afraid as is the objective of Islam…..simple …they are doing what Islam wants!

      • OneTrack

        I think the term is Dhimmi’s

    • Wallace Westland

      I’m still trying to get over the musical port a loo that Helen paid a small fortune to fund then another small fortune to send to Sweden or where the hell it went!

    • OneTrack

      Progressives seem to work hard to try to offend Christians.

  • oldmanNZ

    I think the chinese are ethnic communities?

    2013: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10872755

    Some may find it funny, actually its not really offensive.

    But I guess that is the question: Who decides if its offensive or not? The NZHerald?

    Anything can be offensive to someone.?

    The ad of the chinese bloke for 30 minutes..”just spray and walk away”, could be offensive… yet they still show it?
    Pictures of Winston Peters could be offensive due to his anti-chinese stance.

    • Garbageman

      One comment that sums this all up (please excuse language)

  • Hard1

    They’ll do anything for a buck, won’t they. Yesterdays story
    “Revenge porn victim reclaims nude image” is then plastered all over the front page of the soft-porn section for the whole world to see.

  • sarahmw

    So the horrid is respectively not showing any images that are disrespectful to Muslims but it is ok to show images so long as they are not Muslim. My head is spinning! Maybe the horrid needs to see some reality images showing the atrocities on women and children in the name of Islam and then explain again their reason to not show the satirical magazine’s cover.

  • Just a thought …

    I find seeing an image of the Herald offensive ……..

  • CheesyEarWax

    If I were to adopt NZH’s policy then I would have to stop eating pork because it offends religious groups and ethnic minorities that came to NZ knowing that we farm and eat pork. Its obvious the policy was made on the hoof, just like Labour’s policies, from fear of being a target from the extremists rather than not to offend religious groups or ethnic minorities. If their fear is real then they should stand strong and work with the police, if not then they are cowards for giving in to the terrorists.

    • dgrogan

      Sadly, your swine no-go-zone might be a little closer than you think, CEW – if recent trends in the UK are any guide. WOBH commenter, Rangitoto bought us this story last night:
      “Oxford University Press bans sausages and pigs from children’s books in effort ‘to avoid offence”


      Thin edge of the wedge?

  • Salacious Crumb

    Well if we are to take Mr Curries policy to its conclusion then we should stop educating women, make them wear veils, stop people from displaying any skin at the beach, initate prohibition, and ban all other religions. Afterall, many Muslims find that all offensive to their faith also.

  • pak

    One day Currie might wake up and realise people aren’t buying this hypocrisy or his newspaper, but by then it will be too late. Readers will have left in droves and it will be too late to save it.

    • TSD

      So many parallels with the Labour Party it’s spooky.

  • Honcho

    Currie shouldn’t have dug in when first exposed as a hypocrite, he will die a death of a thousand cuts on this issue.

    I am sure there are plenty more examples of hypocrisy yet to be slowly as systematically unearthed … but then he is a hypocrite so that much should be expected.

  • NZ Herald circulation graph. Watch it’s decline in real time …..

  • Luis Cannon

    How much Middle East oil does it take to buy hypocrisy and silence?

  • Vlad

    I hate wasteing two good words to describe a single incident of the Herald’s overall uselessness.

    But “mealy-mouthed wittering” describes their editorial writings and attitude so well I am using them both.