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Terrorism and Freedom of Expression in New Zealand Law

Posted on 01 September 2020 by Erica

Whether it’s films, video games, confiscated material or terrorist propaganda, all of our classification decisions balance section 14 of the NZ Bill of Rights with the analysis framework set out in the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act. This means that both freedom of expression and protection from harm are equally important and equally considered in all we do.

Professor Andrew Geddis came by to discuss the balance of freedom when it comes to classifying terrorist related material – hugely relevant. Our brilliant in-house illustrator Tara captured the kōrero:

Image courtesy of Tara,

Erica works at the NZ Office of Film and Literature Classification. Her views do not necessarily represent those of the Chief Censor or of the Classification Office. Keep up with our blog posts by following us on Facebook and Twitter.


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