Government authorities begin PROSECUTING Internet users who shared the New Zealand mosque attack video

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

In the wake of New Zealand’s deadliest day and the most horrific act of domestic terrorism ever committed there, authorities are working in overdrive in their attempt to piece together what happened.

The process, however, is beginning to look a lot like an effort to bury some of the most damning evidence, perhaps as a way of tamping down emotions and, in the process, preventing another attack.

According to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), police arrested an 18-year-old man on Friday for allegedly distributing video the attacker Brenton Tarrant live-streamed on Facebook as he shot worshippers inside two Christchurch mosques.

The man, who was not named in the RNZ report, had a court appearance scheduled for Monday. The news agency noted that he was “charged under the Films Videos and Publications Classification Act,” which relates to the censorship of books, films, videos, and other publications.

According to the New Zealand government website, the law is meant to shield materials that, if published, would “be injurious to the public good,” which includes “harm to a person’s body whether it involves infliction of pain or not…or self-inflicted death,” and “conduct that, if imitated, would pose a real risk of serious harm to self or others or both.” among other provisions.

RNZ noted further that police have announced anyone who is in possession of the Tarrant video “or found to be distributing it, could face imprisonment.” (Related: What are they trying to hide? Out of all the violent videos on the ‘net, possessing the NZ mosque shooting video can now get you 10 years in prison.)

Freelance journalist Nick Monroe tweeted before the man’s court appearance that people in New Zealand were likely to be arrested by police for sharing a livestream of the murders.

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