Linking to material later classified as objectionable considered illegal?
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From: Roger Brown
Dear Office of Film and Literature Classification,
I understand the Police are prosecuting the two cranks who run the 'Counterspin Media' Telegram channel for allegedly distributing an objectionable publication, namely, for linking (prior to your decision to ban the video which it relates to) to the website for the Michael Knighton's ludicrous 'Three Faced Terrorist' 'documentary', and for posting a Word document created by some anonymous party making broadly the same stupid claims, but not directly connected to the 'documentary'.
1) Does the OFLC consider linking to a website that may currently, or in the future, host a video file that you might classify as objectionable in the future as 'distributing' that publication?
2) Searches of the publicly available OFLC databases do not show evidence that you have classified the document that Counterspin distributed, 'A Mosque Report you need to see no. 2.docx', as objectionable. Obviously not all works which contain some derivative material from the Christchurch counterjihad shooter's livestream video are objectionable, as you allowed the distribution of 'The Social Dilemma' and suchlike material here. Can you confirm whether any classification has been made of this document?
3) Did Police consult with you prior to laying these charges, which seem questionably founded to say the least?
From: Information Unit
Office of Film and Literature Classification
Kia ora Roger,
Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act 1982, which
we received on 26 August 2022, about the alleged distribution of an
Please find attached a response to your request, including a decision to
transfer part of your request to Te Tari Taiwhenua—Department of Internal
Please let us know if you would like any more information.
Ngâ mihi nui,
Te Mana Whakaatu—Classification Office
Please find attached a letter from the Department of Internal Affairs in
regards to your Official Information Act (OIA) request.
Royden Raka | Business Advisor
Toi Hiranga | Regulation & Policy
Department of Internal Affairs | Te Tari Taiwhenua
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