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Kiwi Party application to Secretary of Internal Affairs to review manifesto

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Fuseworks Media

The Kiwi Party has today provided to the Secretary of Internal Affairs an application to review the political manifesto titled "The Great Replacement", ‘the Manifesto’ which is understood to have been authored by Mr. Brenton Tarrant. Application Attached.

The application claims that the Censor acted unlawfully in prohibiting the Manifesto. In particular, the application claims that that the Censor knowingly misrepresented his powers under the FVPC Act by claiming that s13(3) gave him the power to submit the Manifesto to the Classification office without submissions when it is s20 which pertains to the making of submissions. We say that the right to free speech, especially where political speech is in issue, required the Censor to allow time for submissions to be made by the public, pursuant to s20(1)(d).

What we are now seeing in NZ is the cynical use of a tragic event to rush through a concerted attack on freedom of speech by the political parties. Freedom of speech empowers and informs the people. Freedom of speech is under attack as it limits the power of government and those who wish to have power over us.

Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of a free and democratic society. At the centre of freedom of speech is political speech. To the extent that the government can dictate what political views we can read and discuss and what we cannot, we do not live in a free and democratic society.

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