Stop news media using Christchurch terrorist's name
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In the aftermath of the tragic Mosque attack in Christchurch on March 15th the largest and most influential media outlets in New Zealand including TVNZ (One News), Mediaworks (News Hub) and Stuff.co.nz have published the name of the alleged shooter in numerous articles and broadcasts. Most of those who have been engaging with media content over the days following the attack would have seen images of the alleged attacker's face, or even content from the horrifying live stream posted on the day of the attack. The media has already begun to face criticism for their neglectful and insensitive treatment of content such as the footage shown of victims being taken to hospital before names had been released, and it's time that the public rally together and force the media to be more cautious in their handling of such sensitive matters and accept the social responsibility that comes with their important role and enormous influence in these situations.
On Tuesday 19th Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed parliament and honored the victims of the Christchurch tragedy. She said she would refuse to utter the name of the alleged attacker, and shared this crucial sentiment:
"I implore you: speak the names of those who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them. He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name."
Our Prime Minister has implored all of us to 'give nothing' to the perpetrator, and we must, as a nation, demand our news media to do the same. Stop furthering this disgusting man's quest for attention and start expecting more from those powerful media outlets who inform and influence our society. By giving this man a name we are giving him humanity he doesn't deserve.
We urge the media to honour the 50 lives lost on Friday by telling the victim's stories, rather than giving the shooter one.
By signing this petition you are letting the New Zealand media as well as media outlets across the globe know that you do not condone the use of the alleged shooter's name.
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