April, 2012
ISSN 1178-0932
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Coverage has serious impact on Somali community

The incident in Christchurch last month where a man suffering from a mental illness allegedly kidnapped a woman and stabbed another man was quickly followed-up with offensive commentary in the newspapers, on the radio and internet sites. 

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Muslim Barbie quips not offensive

A complaint about comments made on National Radio that there could be a market in the Muslim world for “Terrorist Barbie” was not upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority. 

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Reviving Te Reo TV

The 100 per cent Maori language channel, Te Reo, is turning four this year and extending its broadcast hours to include more youth and children’s programming. 

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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.