The arbitrary distinction between online and offline means much hate speech and abuse goes unnoticed until it’s too late.
Online abuse is often dismissed as “just online.” But the rise of QAnon and similar groups demonstrates the very real consequences of online speech.
The Christchurch gunman’s surprise guilty plea makes him the first person convicted of terrorism in New Zealand. A legal expert explains what will happen next in the sentencing process.
71-year-old grandfather Haji-Daoud Nabi, who was shot as he welcomed a stranger to his mosque.
Haji-Daoud Nabi was a lifelong friend, who helped inspire my research in Afghanistan on how violent events shape people’s sense of community. I never thought my work would one day apply at home in NZ.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron launched the Christchurch Call initiative in Paris in May 2019.
The US, Russia and China haven’t backed the NZ-led Christchurch Call to crackdown on online extremism. Without them, and key non-western media, the initiative is unlikely to make enough difference.
Rather than unifying the country, it appears the government’s overreach on gun legislation has paved the way for distrust and division.
My assessment is that there are about 150 to 300 core right-wing activists in New Zealand. This might sound modest – but proportionate to population, it’s similar to extremist numbers in Germany.
Members of the public mourn at a makeshift memorial following the Christchurch mosque attacks in March 2019.
In the wake of last year’s Christchurch mosque attacks, New Zealand’s intelligence agencies must become more transparent in their reporting on the risk of right-wing terrorism.
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern, police minister Stuart Nash (right) and the minister for Christchurch regeneration Megan Woods announcing stronger gun laws and the creation of a firearms registry.
A register of all firearms is part of the next stage of New Zealand’s gun law reform, following the Christchurch mosque shootings.
In a recent survey, New Zealand gun owners reported more trust in other gun owners than people who don’t own guns, but lower levels of trust in the pro-gun lobby.
New Zealand police is running gun collection events throughout the country as part of the government’s amnesty and buyback scheme.
The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks appeared in court last week as part of a procedural hearing.
Through his lawyer, the alleged perpetrator of the Christchurch mosque attacks has entered not guilty pleas on 92 charges, including terrorism. A procedural hearing has found him fit to stand trial.
The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks faces charges of murder, attempted murder and of committing a terrorism act.
An additional charge of terrorism has been laid against the man accused of the Christchurch mosque shootings. This poses a risk of providing a platform for hateful ideas.
A gunman killed worshippers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on 15 March.
Before proceedings against the alleged perpetrator of the Christchurch terror attacks can go ahead, the court will have to establish whether he is fit to stand trial.
The gunman in the mosque attacks had already faced 50 murder charges before a new terrorism charge was brought against him this week.
New Zealand’s terrorism law has never been prosecuted successfully since it was enacted nearly 20 years ago. So, why are prosecutors bringing a terrorism charge against the Christchurch shooter?
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron at the “Christchurch Call” summit, which delivered an agreement signed by tech companies and world leaders.
While the “Christchurch Call” summit has made concrete progress, we need to keep up the pressure on social media companies to become more transparent and accountable.
As part of the New Zealand government’s response to the Christchurch mosque attacks, a Royal Commission of Inquiry will investigate the specific circumstances leading up to it.
A Royal commission of inquiry has been set up to look into circumstances that led to the Christchurch mosque attacks. It will investigate intelligence services, it not the role of media.
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern wore a headscarf to comfort mourning family members after the Christchurch mosque shootings.
AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File
After the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand’s prime minister didn’t start a war on terror. She covered her head, cried, paid for funerals and passed gun control. Is it because she’s a woman?
Prince William visited Al Noor mosque in Christchurch and met survivors of the attack.
New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch mosque attacks is seen as a new way of reacting to violent extremism. The challenge now is how to translate domestic cohesion into foreign policy.
Muslim clerics and members of the Pakistani Christian minority light candles to commemorate the victims of this week’s bomb blasts in Sri Lanka. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
For centuries, Westerners viewed Islam as an inherently violent religion. But the struggle today, for all religions, including Christianity, is between liberals and conservatives, fundamentalists and moderates, reason and revelation.
Pierre Bayle said all peoples’ beliefs and rituals should be tolerated out of respect for their fundamental humanity.
Pierre Bayle, one of the most widely read philosophers, said tolerance should be based on humanity, not on faith.
Establishing relationships with people who are different from ourselves is one of the best approaches to reducing prejudice.
New Zealand’s response to the Christchurch terror attacks reinforced an image of an inclusive society, but we still have work to do.