October, 2010
ISSN 1178-0932
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Paul Henry, Michael Laws and the Governor General

The last ten days have seen a lot of public and media discussion on broadcasting standards and racially offensive comments.After a flood of over 600 complaints to Television New Zealand about Paul Henry’s remarks about the Governor General and TVNZ’s initial defence of him, Paul Henry resigned from his position as host of TVNZ’s Breakfast and TVNZ said his comments were unacceptable.

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Congratulations to Maori Language Media Award Winners

The Maori Language awards were presented in Rotorua last Saturday 9 October. 

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Time for a Pacific television channel

The Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA) has established a new “Pasifika film and television” working group.

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Award winning access radio

The programme coordinator for Plains FM 96.9, one of 13 organisations to receive a Diversity Award from the Human Rights Commission this year, says she may have never got into broadcasting career if it were not for access radio.

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Journalist interns to Asia

Asia: New Zealand is giving young journalists another chance to get a three-month internship at either the Philippine Star in Manila, CNBC Asia in Singapore or the International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong.

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Diversity Reporting Award Entries still sought

There’s still time to enter the Excellence in Reporting Diversity Awards. The awards aim to recognise the work of journalists with less than five year’s experience reporting on Asia-related topics.

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BSA on freedom of expression

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) wants to hear from its stakeholders, including the general public, for a study exploring issues relating to freedom of expression in New Zealand.

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Human Rights Commission on freedom of expression

The tension between freedom of expression and notions of social harm has also been explored in the Commission’s draft document, Human Rights in New Zealand Today, an updated version of its first status report published in 2004.

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Complaint about portrayal of Muslims not upheld

A complaint about an item on television programme, Sunday, which investigated child marriages has not been upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA).

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Diversity Forum on Asia Downunder

This weekend the television series Asia Downunder will feature an item on the Diversity Forum hosted by the Human Rights Commission at Christchurch in August this year. 

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For more information about the 'Nga Reo Tangata Media and Diversity Network', please contact Gilbert Wong at gilbertw@hrc.co.nz, or 09 306 2660.

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

The views contained in this newsletter do not necessarily represent the position of the Human Rights Commission.