Govt to contact Ukraine over accused gunman's 'manifesto'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Getty Images
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Getty Images

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will be contacting Ukraine's government after revelations the accused Christchurch gunman's "manifesto" was being sold in hardcover copies.

Neo-Nazis have been selling printed versions of the 87-page, hate-filled document from a Ukrainian encrypted instant messaging site for US$4 ($NZ6.23).

The alleged gunman released the screed on March 15, just moments before the shootings that claimed 51 lives and injured 40 others.

Ardern earlier described it as "abhorrent and disgusting" but said New Zealand had little control over the matter.

The acting head of the Islamic Women's Council, Anjum Rahman, told RNZ she wanted the Government to approach Ukrainian authorities to find those involved.

"We can't as a nation deal with this on our own and that's why the work around the Christchurch Call and any other work around international agreements is so important," she said.

On Thursday, Ardern said she would have no problem contacting Ukraine.

"I would have no hesitation asking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make that kind of contact," she told reporters in Porirua.

"It's abhorrent but we only have the ability to control what occurs within our jurisdiction. But I would have no hesitation sharing New Zealand's view with the Ukraine."

New Zealand's Chief Censor has classified the manifesto as objectionable, meaning anyone found to be distributing it in this country could face up to 14 years in prison, or a $10,000 fine.

But that didn't mean the document was banned overseas, Ardern told media yesterday.

She defended the Christchurch Call, a voluntary international agreement to stop violent extremism and terrorist content from spreading online.

"I don't think we should assume that just because an act doesn't fix everything that it's not worthwhile. The Christchurch Call will make a considerable difference," she said.

The channel selling the translated manifesto contains vile white supremacist messages and its administrator says he is trying to disseminate the text as far as possible.

Meanwhile, Corrections has been in damage control since it was revealed last week that an inappropriate letter from the 28-year-old Australian arrested over the Christchurch mosque shootings had been posted online after being released to a far-right contact in Russia.

Corrections boss Christine Stevenson has apologised and promised changes to the way mail is handled in jails.

It was later revealed a second troubling letter from the alleged shooter had made it out, along with messages from a second white supremacist.

The Government is now looking at laws governing prison mail.

 

 

Comments

this is getting silly this government telling other countries what to do. and it cant sort or face problems in new Zealand/

Global neo Nazism is the problem. While not against the Law, it is closely monitored in NZ, as the proven source of danger.

A problem with too much immigration is that a country can end up doing things the way that other countries do. Some countries are shocking in their management of travel, welfare , food distribution, security etc.

 

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