Steven Price is a Wellington barrister specialising in media law. He is the author of Media Minefield, a guide to media regulation in NZ and writes the Media Law Journal blog. He writes:
A bill before the New Zealand parliament would allow judges to issue online take-down orders against bloggers and the media. I’m for it. Let me tell you why.
The Harmful Digital Communications Bill is aimed at cyber-bullying. It would create a complaints system based around a set of ten “Communication Principles”.
These say, for example, that digital communications should not disclose sensitive private facts, incite suicide, make false allegations, make threats, or be grossly offensive.