Samantha Edwards Reports #9 – Christchurch Mosque Attacks – The Cover Up Continues

March 15th, 2019, was a shocking and tragic day – one that many New Zealanders remember as our “darkest day”. The official record shows that Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant killed 51 people and wounded 40 others when he carried out mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques – the Masjid an-Nur on Deans Ave and the Linwood Islamic Centre ..

Since that day, the complete prohibition of viewing and analysing the shooter’s manifesto and live stream video of that day have seen several people facing grave criminal charges, and even imprisonment. The laws they are using to cover this up are censorship laws primarily designed to prevent child pornography.

Today, I speak with the producer of a film that tells the story of one such Kiwi man, Nathan Symington, who has recently been sentenced to extensive time in prison, for sharing links to two websites that investigate the event.

Counterspin Media’s Kelvyn and Hannah, as well as another member of the Counterspin team, are also currently being threatened with 14 years imprisonment, as well as up to $600,000 in fines, for similar actions. Even possessing a copy or a web link (url) to online copies can result in 10 years imprisonment.

There are many overseas websites that have analysed the shooter’s writing and videos and included these in analytical and investigative documentaries. While legal to do so in their countries, New Zealanders are subject to extremely harsh penalties, even getting harsher sentences that rapists and people actually possessing child pornography.

Why is our government responding in such an extreme manner?

Why have they completely forbidden the sharing of any information about that day?

Why are they using such outrageous measures of intimidation to silence all informed discussion?

And why are those who share something as humble as a web link being sentenced to lengthier prison sentences than many violent criminals?

Does the New Zealand government have something to hide?

If it looks like a cover up, smells like a cover up, well, we’ll let you decide.


Adam Nuttall’s film “Who’s Platform Is It?” on the plight of Nathan Symington and the story of Omar Nabi’s journey to get accountability from the New Zealand police for their part in arming the terrorist that killed Omar’s father and 50 members of his community

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