The Malcolm Evans cartoon the NZ Herald punished him for.
While referencing the thoughts of five others, in his piece on free speech in yesterday’s Herald, it’s extraordinary that Gavin Ellis should have omitted the most famous of them all on the subject, that written by biographer Beatrice Evelyn Hall to describe great French thinker and writer Voltaire’s attitude to it, – “ I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Gavin Ellis then went on to say “a useful guide” he used when, as editor of the Herald, he was faced with a contentious opinion, was to ask “what harm will be done if we publish?” when, in my view, as the cartoonist he barred from drawing cartoons critical of Israel, he should have been asking – “what harm will be done if we don’t?”
Cartoonist NZ Herald 1976 – 78 and 1996 – 2003
*please note that the NZ Herald refused to print this letter to the editor