New Zealand PM: Censorship Meant to Deny Attacker Notoriety

PM vows to never speak the name of the shooter

Determination to keep the Christchurch attack video off the Internet, and block the attackers manifesto have continued to expand in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has now promised to not even say the attacker’s name publicly.

Ardern suggested that the attacker carried out the strike in an attempt to gain notoriety, and is urging New Zealanders to deny him that by not even speaking his name in the future.

New Zealand’s campaign against the video of the attack has included the police threatening to imprison people for 10 years if they are in possession of, or share the video. New Zealand ISPs have been pressed to block foreign websites that have the video or the manifesto.

The international investigation into the matter is still trying to build an accurate picture of the attacker and his motives. Though New Zealand is clearly playing a role in this, it seems the New Zealand government would just as soon scrub all record of the attack having ever happened.

Author: Jason Ditz

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