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BSA Releases 6 Decisions

The Authority has declined to determine a complaint alleging a Newshub item was inaccurate and unbalanced for including a statement linking the Auckland Anniversary floods to climate change. The complainant considered the broadcast should not have contained reference to climate change, and that climate change should not be presented as fact. In its decision, the BSA noted it has previously found the existence of climate change caused by humans is not a controversial issue of public importance for the purpose of the balance standard, and the accuracy standard is only concerned with material statements of fact. This and other recent decisions can be seen here.