editorial policy

Meet the people who decide

Back : L-R: Hank Schouten, Tiumalu Peter Fa?afiu, Tim Watkin, Chris Darlow, John Roughan
Middle – L-R: Sir John Hansen (Chairman), Mary Major, Jo Cribb, Marie Shroff
Front L-R: Liz Brown, Christina Tay, Jenny Farrell.
Note ? John Roughan has now retired from the Media Council and Craig Cooper has joined the Council.? End quote.

The NZMC website includes this preamble:?Quote.

The main objective […] is to provide the public with an independent forum for resolving complaints involving the newspapers, magazines and the websites of such publications and other digital media. The Council is also concerned with promoting media freedom and maintaining the press in accordance with the highest professional standards. […]

There is no more important principle in a democracy than freedom of expression. Freedom of expression and freedom of the media are inextricably bound. The print media is jealous in guarding freedom of expression, not just for publishers’ sake but, more importantly, in the public interest. In dealing with complaints, the Council will give primary consideration to freedom of expression and the public interest. End quote.

It is this self-appointed, self-regulatory body that decides whether to act on any complaint made about bias, accuracy, fairness, balance, etc and it was on the previous decisions by this body that Stuff and Nonsense editor Paul Crewdson relied for his stance on the series Quick save the planet.

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A rare newspaper that doesn’t “do” hypocrisy

If you were the editor of a newspaper that advertised guns on any given day, would you withdraw those advertisements in the wake of an event like the Sandy Hook School massacre?

You would?

If you were the editor of a newspaper that advertised cars on any given day, would you withdraw those advertisements in the wake of an event like a 50 car pile-up with 35 fatalities?

You wouldn’t?

Well, there’s the rub. ?Isn’t it?

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