NZ, Australia And UK Arrest Citizens For Sharing NZ Shooting Video, ISPs Block Websites

Chris Menahan
Mar. 18, 2019

The governments of New Zealand, Australia the United Kingdom have unveiled a host of authoritarian censorship measures to punish citizens and prevent them from sharing video of the mass shooting in New Zealand.

Multiple people have been tracked down and placed under arrest for either sharing video of the shooting or speaking positively of the shooting.

Several of the largest ISPs in New Zealand and Australia are using the New Zealand shooting as a pretext to block access to 4Chan, 8Chan, LiveLeak, Voat, BitChute, Zero Hedge, Dissenter and a bunch of other sites.

Telstra, Australia's largest telecom company, announced their censorship effort on Monday, writing: "We've started temporarily blocking a number of sites that are hosting footage of Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch. We understand this may inconvenience some legitimate users of these sites, but these are extreme circumstances and we feel this is the right thing to do."

One Australian man was "banned from using the internet after allegedly making comments on social media in support of the Christchurch terrorist attack," according to ABC News.

Independent journalist Nick Monroe on Twitter chronicled their censorship efforts:

As Thomas Knapp said Saturday on in a column titled, "Would Social Media Have Censored Video of 9/11 or Kennedy Assassination?:
If Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube had been primary news sources in 1915, would they have permitted us to view footage (rare, as film was in its early days) of New Zealanders’ desperate fight at Gallipoli?

How about the attack on Pearl Harbor?

The assassination of president John F. Kennedy?

The second plane hitting the World Trade Center?
There's really no reason to believe any of these website blockades will ever be lifted. All the ISP statements say the purpose is to block the video from being shared. If websites simply refuse to take the video down and jump through all their hoops, theoretically the block could go on indefinitely.

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