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New Zealand Censoring Internet Users, Threatening Jail for Sharing Video of Mosque Attack

New Zealand is now censoring Internet users and has jailed at least one person for sharing video footage of the recent Christchurch terrorist attack. And in a bizarre twist, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed clips of the attack during his campaign rallies last weekend.

The Christchurch terrorist attack has left many unanswered questions in its wake. This story will continue to take bizarre twists and turns.

Antiwar.com reports…

Continuing on from heavy social media censorship surrounding information on the Christchurch mosque attacks, the New Zealand government has blocked multiple websites for having footage of the attack on them, and has jailed at least one person, without bail, for sharing the video.

The one person jailed so far was a man who shared the original live-stream of the attack. New Zealand police, however, say that all citizens who share any video of the attack face 10 years in prison. They also warned against sharing the attacker’s manifesto, or other “objectionable and restricted material.”

New Zealand’s Internet providers have confirmed that they effectively have to, under penalty of fines, block all international websites that have links to the manifesto or the video itself. ISPs argue that these are “extreme circumstances,” and that blocking such websites is “the right thing to do.”

Despite all efforts, the video appears not to have been vanished totally from human history, however. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used parts of the video at weekend rallies warning about rising Islamophobia, and quoted the manifesto, which threatened Turkey specifically.

Facebook bragged of removing 1.5 million videos related to Christchurch just within the first 24 hours after the attack. This included 1.2 million videos that were blocked at upload, and were never available to anybody.

It is unclear if New Zealand intends to make this a permanent ban. It is hard to imagine other major public incidents of this source, for which video did and does exist, being successfully scrubbed from the Internet in any permanent way.

READ MORE CHRISTCHURCH NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire Christchurch Files




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