MEDIA WATCH: Should the Race Relations Commissioner be behind a paywall?

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The Race Relations Commissioner is a taxpayer funded position.

So why is he behind a Paywall?

Surely the NZ Herald Paywall should be reserved for Simon Wilson, David Cormack, Matthew Hooton and other arseholes we don’t to hear from.

A taxpayer funded Commission who is supposed to be accessible to the populace appearing behind Paywalls seems to be the very opposite of what his job description is.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. My question is, who decided to put him behind this paywall, and is every statement he makes censored in this way? If it’s the herald alone doing this, then that’s just business as usual for the mouthpiece for the colonial power structure.. If not, then this would be a strange situation indeed..

  2. The NZ Herald is often shit, but putting a lot of essential news behind a paywall is a huge loss to the democratization of news specific to New Zealand, since there are so few competing media outlets.

    There are good writers such as Simon Wilson, whose articles and views are not available anymore to the vast majority of New Zealanders.

  3. A trivial issue. If Meng Foon actually had anything useful to contribute I might be concerned about the paywall. But that’s a hypothetical.

    • P P II: “If Meng Foon actually had anything useful to contribute I might be concerned about the paywall.”

      Heh! My view as well.

      In truth, it isn’t clear to me why NZ still has a Race Relations Commissioner. What’s the point, exactly?

  4. Let’s not forget that the old-fashioned Hard Copy of the newspaper was also behind a paywall, unless you were low enough to steal one from am honesty box…

    • In Vino: “….the old-fashioned Hard Copy of the newspaper was also behind a paywall….”

      Ha! True…. people do tend to forget that small but important detail, don’t they?

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      Meanwhile I took a look and it says “By Clare de Lore” so I assume it’s a news story, not an opinion piece that, yes, agreed, should be shared publicly.

  5. Agreed, I’m not buying what Meng is selling here, if he actually endorses privatising public agency information in this cruel way. What next, access to legal representation only for the wealthy? Justice for the few? Meng?

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