STANLEY DSOUZA AGAINST NEW ZEALAND HERALD 2

Case Number: 3143

Council Meeting: NOVEMBER 2021

Verdict: No Grounds to Proceed

Ruling Categories: Accuracy
Apology and Correction Sought

Overview

CASE NO: 3143

RULING BY THE NEW ZEALAND MEDIA COUNCIL ON THE COMPLAINT OF STANLEY DSOUZA AGAINST THE WEEKEND HERALD

FINDING: INSUFFICIENT GROUNDS TO PROCEED

DATE: NOVEMBER 2021

 

The Weekend Herald ran an article on October 16, 2021 headlined Arrow attack victim likely stabbed to death. The article reported the killing of five people and the injury of three others in Norway and that the suspect’s mental health was a likely cause for the attack. A senior policeman was reported as saying the suspect’s conversion to Islam was a less important investigation line.

Mr Dsouza has provided a complaint based on his perspectives about the nature of the Muslim religion.  Although he mentioned Media Council principles relating to accuracy and corrections, Mr Dsouza’s statement of complaint only set out his negative views of the Islamic religion. He did not establish any inaccuracies, or a lack of balance.

The Media Council concludes there is no basis for complaint.

There were insufficient grounds to proceed.

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