How many parolees are barred from giving interviews?

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to New Zealand Parole Board

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From: Alex Harris

Dear New Zealand Parole Board,

On Monday in a story on convicted pack rapist Brad Shipton's application to hav ehis parole conditions varied, it was revealed that those conditions included a prohibition on giving interviews ("Victim attempts to block Shipton's parole bid", Stuff, 14/5/2012). I'm curious about how widespread this parole condition is, so I would like to request the following information under the Official Information Act 1982:

* How many people granted parole in the past year were prohibited from giving interviews?
* A summary of the reasons for imposing such prohibitions
* A summary of the sorts of crime those people had been convicted of
* Any advice on the consistency of such restrictions with the right to freedom of expression affirmed in s14 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990

I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about this request will be automatically forwarded to me by the website.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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Kerry Te Nana
Manager System and Compliance
New Zealand Parole Board Administrative Support Service
Phone 04 495 8404 ext 62104
Cellphone 021 769 850

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