New Zealand authorities have deemed it illegal to discuss or share the manifesto and video footage of the Christchurch shooting. Internet users located within New Zealand who have shared the video on social media in any capacity are being tracked down, arrested, and charged for the act.
According to the New Zealand Herald, in an article published on March 19th, 2019, they reported that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned denizens of the region not to share the 74-page manifesto or the 17 minute video of the mosque shooting, writing…
“Facebook says it has removed more than 1.5 million videos from the social media platform but uncensored footage continues to be reskinned and shared on Kiwi Farms, 8chan and another message board called Voat.
“That’s despite a warning from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that anyone caught downloading or distributing such material — especially the killer’s 17 minute bodycam footage — faces up to 14 years’ jail.”
It’s true that 8chan, 4chan, KiwiFarms and other websites have been blocked by New Zealand ISPs in a bid to prevent residents from accessing online portals that either contain links to the manifesto or links to the video footage. Twitter has also been blocking or forcing the removal of tweets that even contain passages or screenshots of the manifesto. As one user pointed out to One Angry Gamer, they are unable to access Voat, in addition to the other websites, as New Zealand ISPs are constantly adding new websites to the blocklist to prevent users from viewing the shooter’s material.
This was corroborated with another report from Australian service provider, Telstra, who wrote a blog post defending their censorship, writing…
“We have moved to temporarily block a number of websites that continue to host footage of Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch. We understand this may cause inconvenience for some legitimate users of these sites but these are extraordinary circumstances and they required an extraordinary response.”
Website Private Internet Access also rolled out a list of websites currently blocked by Spark NZ, Vodafone NZ, and Vocus NZ, they include but aren’t limited to:
Journalist Nick Monroe also covered the issue as part of his exhaustive ongoing coverage surrounding the events of the New Zealand shooting, and a lot of the censorship taking place surrounding any attempts to discuss, share, or dissect the manifesto or the 17-minute headcam footage from the mosque shooting.
At 9:10pm On March 19th, 2019 Nick Monroe published a tweet confirming that a man was arrested and charged in New Zealand for sharing the mosque shooting livestream.
🚨🚨New Zealand man ARRESTED for *SHARING FOOTAGE* of New Zealand shooting
> “The charges have a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.”
— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) March 20, 2019
According to the Daily Mail, Philip Neville Arps, a 44-year-old businessman, was arrested for distributing the footage of the Deans Avenue Mosque.
According to the report, Arps was charged for two counts of violating New Zealand’s 1993 Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act when he distributed what’s deemed as “objectionable publication”.
He was denied a plea and will remain in custody until April 15th, 2019. He’s facing up to 14 years in prison for distributing the video.
This kind of escalation and censorship is what the shooter intended, mentioning in his manifesto that the goal was to force Left-wing media to continue to entrench themselves in the culture war, creating sociopolitical divides among the populace and eventually escalating tensions to the point where new gun legislation would be mandated and the Left/Right gulf is eventually fractured to the point where a race war begins.
So far, everything that the shooter wanted the media and politicians to do, they have done it just as he desired.
(Thanks for the news tip EvaUnity002 & Nick Monroe)