Worldwide coverage of Christchurch mosque massacres

On Saturday in Christchurch the man who is claimed to be largely or wholly responsible for the massacres in two mosques in Christchurch appeared in court, was charged with one count of murder (the police say more charges are pending), and was remanded in custody until another appearance due next month.

Otherwise there wasn’t a lot of new news from the scenes, with local media focussing on the impact on people who witnessed or affected by the killings.

But there seems have been a massive amount of international attention.

 

The use of social media platforms is under intense scrutiny.

There must be significant changes made at Facebook and other online platforms to address this issue. It is a difficult problem to deal with, but it must be.

One popular report:

The Ausies step up again: ODT:  Speaker banned from Aust after terror attack comments

Controversial far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos has been banned from entering Australia on tour after his remarks about the New Zealand terror attack.

The government had agreed to the visa after conservative MPs had put pressure on Mr Coleman to override the Department of Home Affairs’ advice to ban Mr Yiannopoulos.

“I’m banned from Australia, again, after a statement in which I said I abhor political violence,” Mr Yiannopoulos said on social media after the announcement on Saturday.

Mr Yiannopoulos had described Islam as a “barbaric, alien” religious culture on social media overnight after the terror incident, prompting the government’s change of heart.

Immigration Minister David Coleman released a statement on Saturday after backflipping on a decision to grant Mr Yiannopoulos a visa into the country.

“Milo Yiannopoulos will not be allowed to enter Australia for his proposed tour this year,” Mr Coleman said, after having granted him a visa a week ago.

“Mr Yiannopoulos’ comments on social media regarding the Christchurch terror attack are appalling and foment hatred and division.

“The terrorist attack in Christchurch was carried out on Muslims peacefully practising their religion. It was an act of pure evil.”

Yiannopoulos exercised his right to free speech. Australia exercised it’s right to admit or exclude whoever they like to their country. There can be consequences for saying reprehensible things.

There are other ridiculous arses around the world:

But most of the coverage i can see is horrified and sympathetic:

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush will speak to media Sunday at 9:30am to provide an update on the Christchurch terror attack.

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  1. Zedd

     /  17th March 2019

    Im a bit surprised how wide this has gone.. I watch AlJz (freeview 16) regularly & they seem to have been giving it about the same level of coverage, as TV1 & TV3 ?
    ..with their own local reporters

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    • Gezza

       /  17th March 2019

      Because their hourly and half-hourly news progammes run every couple of hours, they have actually given it more coverage than our own tv news; it has been the lead item there from the time it happened and first featured as breaking news.

      Events here frequently replaced other programmes including live coverage when significant announcements were made by police & PMs of NZ & Australia. All the video footage seen on tv here has been shown on AlJaz tv.

      They initially used nz tv reporters & anyone they could contact on the ground here, as is their usual procedure, until they got one of their own reporters here. They may have other reporters on the ground here now. Their live feeds for Press conferences appeared to be tv1’s.

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      • Gezza

         /  17th March 2019

        I would add, although in World View I have criticised two articles I’ve seen on their website criticising Western media for publishing details of the killer, & not focussing solely on the stories of the victims & their families, which I think are misplaced & wrong, given that we want to know who this man is, & how did he become such a monster, & that there is plenty of coverage of the victims, their coverage of New Zealand & the overwhelming response of people & the authorities & PM here to condemn the attack & protect, embrace & show support for the Muslim community here has been a dominant narrative.

        As the police reduced the cordon around the main mosque in the dark last night their reporter on the scene was showing what looked like a stream of over a hundred people – ordinary kiwis – picking up all the floral tributes & walking down with the bouquets to place them closer to the mosque. It was an incredibly moving scene, & was reported as such.

        I have seen their coverage of other attacks on Muslims & the support of locals in the host communities overseas but nothing like the level of what is being shown here. Jacinda has set the bar for other world leaders.

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        • Gezza

           /  17th March 2019

          In their hour long 10 am (NZ) news, the massacre here & the vigils around the world received 20 minutes coverage, & they have now moved on to other world news, of which they always show plenty, unlike the minimal amount of world news we see on NZ tv.

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  2. Patricia

     /  17th March 2019

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  3. Gezza

     /  17th March 2019

    Strange. AlJazeera is carrying the press conference by Wally Haumaha on live tv right now, as is tv3, but tv1 is playing Celebrity Chase.

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    • Gezza

       /  17th March 2019

      Chief Coroner Marshall is speaking now, to explain what coroners are doing and that they understand the cultural priorities but how important it is not to release the wrong bodies to families as has happened when the process has been rushed overseas. 5 coroners are working as fast as possible.

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    • Gezza

       /  17th March 2019

      Aljazeera now carrying the current latest briefing and Q&A session by Mike Bush live.

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      • Gezza

         /  17th March 2019

        I had a criticism of Mike Bush the other day for not naming Tarrant early and answering whether there was more than one attacker and I take that back. I think he has been a superb communicator about this horrific event and has been very effective and honest at answering all questions clearly and being clear where he cannot, why he cannot. Jacinda has been the same.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  17th March 2019

          It seemed a bit odd having One ‘business as usual’, but they and 3 were really duplicating each other, or seemed to be.

          I liked the man in Manchester with the sign saying that he was their friend and was watching out for them as they were praying.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  17th March 2019

            Mike Bush said that about the 5 coroners, and what they were doing..

            What a beautiful gift, the 50 matching bouquets, one for each grave,

            I wonder if the NZ law that bodies must be in coffins will be waived; Muslims don’t have them but are buried in shrouds. This makes so much sense that I can’t see why it can’t happen here. I would like to know that I would be buried in a shroud and not a coffin. And buried the next day, if possible.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  17th March 2019

              One had coverage later.That made sense; not having two virtually identical coverages at the same time.

  4. Missy

     /  17th March 2019

    It has been the lead news item since Friday morning here. On the radio station I listen to it has been the main topic of conversation, with Brexit only managing an hour or two over 2 days.

    One of the most interesting comments I heard was from Maajid Nawaz, he said he had been in a meeting with Facebook in the US, (I can’t remember how long ago it was), to discuss the use of social media by extremist groups and individuals. He said to them in the meeting that someone will use their platform to live stream a terrorist attack at some point in the future, apparently the response from some of the most senior people from facebook was dismissive, they did not believe him that it would happen.

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