The New Zealand Law Commission has released a report on the Review of Regulatory Gaps and the New Media
.The review was prompted by concern about the disparities in the legal and ethical standards that apply to news as a result of the emergence of new web-based publishers and the convergence of mainstream print and broadcast media online:
"The Report recommends a new complaints body be set up to provide New
Zealanders with a consistent set of news media standards and a
one-stop-shop for adjudicating complaints across all news producers.
Membership of the new body would be voluntary and open to both the
traditional mainstream news media and the new media (e.g. news and
current affairs bloggers and websites), provided they are willing to be
accountable to the new standards body. The new body would draw on and
strengthen the best features of the current platform-based complaints
bodies (the Press Council, the Broadcasting Standards Authority and the
Online Media Standards Authority)."
"The Report recommends two specific statutory amendments once the new complaints body is established:
"An appendix to the Report contains the Commission’s Ministerial Briefing to the Hon Judith Collins: Harmful Digital Communications: The Adequacy of the Current Sanctions and Remedies (August 2012), containing recommendations and a proposed Bill. This
briefing recommended a range of measures to address the problems caused
by seriously harmful personal online or digital attacks, including a new
criminal offence and the establishment of a Communications Tribunal."
an amendment to the Broadcasting Act 1989, to alter the jurisdiction of the Broadcasting Standards Authority;
- amendments to the Privacy Act 1993, the Electoral Act 1993, the Human
Rights Act 1993 and the Fair Trading Act 1986 (that confer specific
privileges on the news media) to align these statutes with media
privileges in the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 - making conferral of the
privileges conditional on membership of the new complaints body."
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