Charlotte Dawson. Photo / Lisa Maree Williams
The death of former model and television personality
Charlotte Dawson will not put an end to cyber bullying, Prime
Minister John Key says.
The 47-year-old was found dead in her luxury Sydney flat on
Ms Dawson had long battled depression and she was outspoken
against social network bullying, which she said she was a
Mr Key told TVNZ's Breakfast today he had met her on a number
"She was, I thought a really lovely person and it was tragic
news on the weekend.
"I was very sad to hear the news."
He acknowledged New Zealand had a cyber bullying problem and
there was legislation going through Parliament targeting it.
"I don't actually myself think New Zealand is any worse than
any other country - I'd be absolutely amazed if it was."
But it would be very difficult to eradicate social network
attacks completely, Mr Key said.
"In the end the internet is such a free and open place where
people put up whatever they feel like, and you get an
enormous amount of information pouring into the internet and
therefore out for people to see and a lot of it can be quite
Ms Dawson had earlier told the Herald on Sunday her native
country was "small, nasty and vindictive".
Things were no better for her in Australia, where she was
viciously attacked. "Twitter trolls" taunted her and told her
she should kill herself.
Dawson was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney in
September 2012 after an apparent suicide attempt.
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