The Chief Censor of New Zealand deemed the Christchurch shooter’s manifesto “objectionable”, thus making it illegal in the region. Anyone caught sharing or accessing it can face up to 14 years in prison. However, the New Zealand Office of Film & Literature Classification is actually selling access to the manifesto through an exemption form for $102.20.
Journalist Nick Monroe discovered over on the OFLC website they have the manifesto document available for download.
New Zealand isn’t just BANNING the shooter’s manifesto.
They’re SELLING it. https://t.co/987bzD6pfz
Click on “Exemption info form The Great Replacement”
A document will download.
It says “to proceed with a formal application, please note that this will incur a fee of $102.20. ” pic.twitter.com/siQmtL6Lct
— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) March 25, 2019
If you visit the site it states that the manifesto, titled “The Great Replacement”, has been deemed objectionable by the Chief Censor David Shanks, who explained…
“It identifies specific places for potential attack in New Zealand, and refers to the means by which other types of attack may be carried out. It contains justifications for acts of tremendous cruelty, such as the deliberate killing of children.”
“We have dealt with terrorist promotional material before which was deliberately designed to inspire, encourage and instruct other like-minded individuals to carry out further attacks. For example we have found a number of ISIS publications to be objectionable in previous decisions. This publication falls in the same category.”
As noted in the form, the manifesto is deemed illegal in New Zealand, and if you’re caught talking about certain parts of it online or sharing the material, you could be jailed for up to 14 years.
The form notes, however, that certain exemptions may be applied for those who request a copy of the document…
“The Chief Censor is able to grant exemptions to the ban for specific purposes and to specific individuals or organisations, in cases where it is clearly in the public interest to do so.
“Our decision recognises that some individuals or organisations may have legitimate reasons to access or hold a copy of the document. For example, the document may have some utility for academic or research purposes and some aspects may be relevant for media outlets who are seeking background on the attacker, his influences and motivations. “
After filing out the form you’ll then be required to send it in, and if your application is approved, you’ll incur a $102.20 fee to download the manifesto.
Alternatively, you can just download a copy from any of the chans or various other websites.
New Zealand has been attempting to gather personal information of people who have shared the manifesto, even from those who don’t live in New Zealand, as evident with the police requesting info on Kiwi Farms users. Websites that don’t hand over the info or link to the manifesto, such as 4chan, 8chan, Voat, or Bitchute, have been blocked by certain New Zealand internet service providers.
The authorities have also been arresting and charging New Zealand citizens for sharing or discussing aspects of the manifesto and the 17 minute video of the shooter’s livestream from the mosque massacre.
This is actually all part and parcel of the shooter’s plan, as outlined in the manifesto, where he wanted the media and politicians to escalate censorship and sociopolitical division among the people to eventually incite a race war.
(Thanks for the news tip Nick Monroe)