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BSA Releases 8 Decisions

The Authority has not upheld a complaint that the action taken by Warner Bros Discovery in response to a breach of the accuracy and fairness standards – during a Newshub item on Immigration New Zealand’s decision to allow Posie Parker’s entry to New Zealand – was insufficient. The broadcaster upheld the complaints related to a clip of Parker, which the reporter stated had been blurred because Parker was ‘using a hand signal linked to white supremacists’. The broadcaster conceded that blurring Parker’s hands was potentially misleading as it prevented audiences from making their own assessment of the footage, and potentially unfair as Parker’s intention was unclear. The broadcaster removed the video in the online version of the story and replaced it with a clip of Parker’s position on neo-Nazis, which the Authority found was sufficient and proportionate action in the circumstances. The Authority did not uphold the remainder of the complaints under the balance and discrimination and denigration standards.

This and other recent decisions can be seen here.