Sunday 24 March 2019

The consequences of Christchurch killings will be big restrictions in freedoms once taken for granted

New Zealander's Chief Censor yesterday banned the 74-page manifesto written by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people in Christchurch. Someone caught with the document on their computer could spend 10 years in prison, while anyone caught sending it could get 14 years. 

The Unabomber in 1995 sent The New York Times a 35,000-word manuscript and pledged to cease his 17 year-old nationwide bombing campaign, in which three people had died, if The Times or The Washington Post published his manifesto. The two newspapers jointly financed the publication of the manuscript by The Post and it was distributed on the internet which was in its infancy.

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