Media watch – Saturday

11 August 2018


Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media.

A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy.

A general guideline – post opinion on or excerpts from and links to blog posts or comments of interest, whether they are praise, criticism, pointing out issues or sharing useful information.

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  2. sorethumb

     /  11th August 2018

    The MediaWorks Standards Committee is responsible for considering formal complaints about MediaWorks’ online news content, and deciding whether or not it complied with the Principles set out by the New Zealand Media Council.

    Your complaint relates to a video created by a third-party and published by Youtube. MediaWorks is only required to consider complaints about content published by MediaWorks. Therefore, we are not required to accept your complaint.

    In any event, we are satisfied that The Project material you referred to in your complaint complied with the Media Council’s Principle of Accuracy, Fairness and Balance.

    Discussing Canadian right-wing personality Lauren Southern’s attempts to prevent a refugee ship from docking in Sicily, presenter Jesse Mulligan stated:“She says that women and children would be better to die than come into Europe”.

    The Committee has determined that Mr Mulligan did not quote something Ms Southern had actually said, but rather inferred her views from her actions. Having considered Ms Southern’s actions, we are satisfied that Mr Mulligan’s characterisation of her views was accurate.

    Kind regards,

    Robert Dowd

    For the MediaWorks Standards Committee

    • sorethumb

       /  11th August 2018

      But it would have been even more accurate if Lauren Southern said it?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  11th August 2018

        The MSC thinks it is accurate if she might have said it or even thought it, though it is pretty certain she would never have said it or thought it.

        Next stop BSA?

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  11th August 2018

      My mother’s friend Pam was born as the youngest child of a mother who married later in life…Pam’s mother was carried as a baby to the voting booth on the first day that women had the vote. I have a dim recollection of meeting Mrs M when she was very old.


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