Do police consider it illegal to link to material later classified as objectionable?

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From: Roger Brown

Dear New Zealand Police,

1a) Who recommended to Police that charges be laid against the 'Counterspin Media' cranks for posting a link to a website that allowed users who made the choice to access that website to play a video that was- days after the original post was made- classified as objectionable by the Office of Film and Literature Classification?
1b) Who recommended to Police that charges be laid against the 'Counterspin Media' cranks for posting a document that makes broadly similar claims to said video, which OFLC has confirmed is not, itself, classified as objectionable?
1c) Please provide all communications made within Police and with Crown Solicitors and other agencies, prior to laying these charges.

2a) The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 provides a very clear definition of the meaning of 'distribute' in the context of the offenses with which the cranks have been charged. It is very obvious that the act only covers the actual electronic transmission of objectionable publications, whether on its own (publishing/hosting objectionable publications yourself on your own website) or as part of a wider set of material (publishing/hosting a website which includes offensive material as a subset of the content of a web page, or embedded on such). Please provide any documents, inclusive but not limited to the 'Objectionable publications' part of the Police Manual, relevant to how Police reinterpret the Act in the context of publications on the World Wide Web.
2b) Do Police consider linking (providing an internet location that a user might choose to visit) to content that has been classified as objectionable to constitute 'distributing' objectionable publications?
2c) Do Police consider linking to web pages that include embedded links to content that has been classified as objectionable to constitute 'distributing' objectionable publications?
2d) Do Police consider linking to web pages that link to content that has been classified as objectionable to constitute 'distributing' objectionable publications?
2e) Do Police consider linking to web pages that include embedded links to content that is classified as objectionable after the links are originally posted to constitute 'distributing' objectionable publications?

Kind regards,
Roger Brown

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Tēnā koe Roger

I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request below, received by New Zealand Police on 10 September 2022.

Your request is being actioned pursuant to the OIA. You can expect a response to your request on or before 7 October 2022.

Kind regards, Dylan
Ministerial Services PNHQ
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Dear New Zealand Police,

1a) Who recommended to Police that charges be laid against the 'Counterspin Media' cranks for posting a link to a website that allowed users who made the choice to access that website to play a video that was- days after the original post was made- classified as objectionable by the Office of Film and Literature Classification?
1b) Who recommended to Police that charges be laid against the 'Counterspin Media' cranks for posting a document that makes broadly similar claims to said video, which OFLC has confirmed is not, itself, classified as objectionable?
1c) Please provide all communications made within Police and with Crown Solicitors and other agencies, prior to laying these charges.

2a) The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 provides a very clear definition of the meaning of 'distribute' in the context of the offenses with which the cranks have been charged. It is very obvious that the act only covers the actual electronic transmission of objectionable publications, whether on its own (publishing/hosting objectionable publications yourself on your own website) or as part of a wider set of material (publishing/hosting a website which includes offensive material as a subset of the content of a web page, or embedded on such). Please provide any documents, inclusive but not limited to the 'Objectionable publications' part of the Police Manual, relevant to how Police reinterpret the Act in the context of publications on the World Wide Web.
2b) Do Police consider linking (providing an internet location that a user might choose to visit) to content that has been classified as objectionable to constitute 'distributing' objectionable publications?
2c) Do Police consider linking to web pages that include embedded links to content that has been classified as objectionable to constitute 'distributing' objectionable publications?
2d) Do Police consider linking to web pages that link to content that has been classified as objectionable to constitute 'distributing' objectionable publications?
2e) Do Police consider linking to web pages that include embedded links to content that is classified as objectionable after the links are originally posted to constitute 'distributing' objectionable publications?

Kind regards,
Roger Brown

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Tçnâ koe Roger,

 

I acknowledge receipt of your request received by Police on 10/09/2022.

 

Your reference number is IR-01-22-27618.

 

You will receive a response to your request on or before 07/10/2022 unless
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