The editor of the Guardian says his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied the paper had placed lives or national security at risk.
New Zealand has increased its international ranking for media freedom, a result that School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing lecturer Dr Cathy Strong describes as “good news” though she still urges vigilance.
The annual ranking by international journalists organisation Reporters Without Borders showed New Zealand improved its listing five places from 13th to eighth highest of countries with governments allowing media to work independently.
MEDIA FREEDOM – ideally anyone should be free to say anything at any time in the media with no restrictions. Our laws have evolved with a number of restrictions, protections and means of addressing things like slander, including restrictions regarding elections. There’s reasonable grounds for most of this but all can be misusued, as they are.