My own experience now with Netsafe and the Harmful Digital Communications is well explained on this Blog with Netsafe recently attempting to secretly censor a political blog on this site.
I was so surprised to learn that a jumped up NGO with state backed powers could censor political blogs because i remember this legislation was supposedly inspired by the Roast Buster case and a desire to stop cyber bullying on social media.
It turns out the Roast Buster example was actually a smokescreen adopted by the promoters of this legislation rather than because of it…
…so this law had nothing to do with Roast Busters or trying to stop cyber bullying, it was and always has been a law designed to shut down opinion online which defamation laws couldn’t.
I think any incoming Government needs to urgently check the powers granted to Netsafe as a State sponsored censor and recalibrate those to where there are actual problems. Allowing a state backed censor to secretly attempt to censor legitimate political opinion online is a god damned outrage that no one in a free society should tolerate.
I have not yet been contacted or informed by the District Court that I have to appear to defend this bullshit charge, if I am called, I will ensure you all know what the content they are attempting to censor is and ask you to spread it as far and as wide as you can.
They might take us down, but they can’t take all of you down as well.