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New Chief Censor Named

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New Chief Censor Named

Public servant and legal expert Andrew Jack is the new Chief Censor. His appointment follows the resignation in July of Bill Hastings, who became a District Court judge and chairman of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.

Dr Jack, Customs' legal and advisory services group manager, has worked for 26 years in the public service.

He is also New Zealand Police's chief legal adviser.

"Dr Jack has a strong legal background and experience in dealing with law enforcement," Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy said today in announcing the appointment.

"The role of Chief Censor is a difficult and demanding role with responsibility for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned. It involves balancing the freedom of expression with potential harm caused to the community."

Dr Jack three-year term starts on March 7.

The Office of Film and Literature Classification is an independent Crown entity.

The Chief Censor is appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Internal Affairs.

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