CONRAD PETERSEN AGAINST THE POST
Case Number: 3463
Council Meeting: December 2023
Decision: No Grounds to Proceed
Publication: The Post
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Conrad Petersen complained that The Post did not publish a letter to the editor.
The letter outlined his disagreement with a column by K Gurunathan that referred to politicians peddling a simplified understanding of the Treaty and misinformation about the Treaty.
The Post responded saying that there were no problems with the letters received from Mr Peterson that would have stopped their publication. However, they arrived during the election campaign when there were many letters, of which a high proportion could not be published.
The Media Council has repeatedly stated that the selection of letters for publication is a matter of editorial discretion. It is over to editors to decide which letters they publish and whether they engage with correspondents.
Mr Peterson is entitled to disagree with the columnist’s opinions but has not made a case to show that that the column breached any Media Council principles.
Decision: There were insufficient grounds to proceed.