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There is increasing discussion about hate speech and the issues associated with the publishing and circulation of hateful content online. But what is hate speech? And what does it mean in a New Zealand context? Is it a significant issue in New Zealand – and for whom? And what are the appropriate responses?
The panelists for this event were:
Megan Whelan is RNZ's Community Engagement Editor. She has worked in Radio New Zealand News, Sport, and Radio New Zealand International, and was a member of the team that founded The Wireless. She has an extensive library of animated gifs, and spends too much time on the internet.
She has covered everything from elections to earthquakes (and tsunamis and cyclones), but her favourite reporting experience will always be the time she interviewed a not-entirely-sober Margaret Mahy.
MP Golriz Ghahraman, is the first refugee to be elected to New Zealand Parliament.
She is the Spokesperson for Human Rights, Immigration, Customs, Disability, Global Affairs, Trade, Defence, Security and Intelligence, Corrections, Police, Overseas Development, Courts and Justice. She is also a human rights and constitutional lawyer with 12 yrs of legal practice, including post-conflict trials of world leaders and in the NZ Supreme Court.
|Dave Moskovitz is a member of the Abrahamic, Open Polytechnic, and InternetNZ Councils as well as being a startup investor and director. He was recently appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Group – Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion. He is a software developer by trade, and has worked as a lexicographer on a number of dictionaries including the Dictionary of NZSL and the Māori Language Commission’s monolingual “He Pātaka Kupu” dictionary. Dave is an active member of Wellington’s Jewish Community.|
|Stacey Morrison is a television and radio presenter and part of Massey University’s Te Pūtahi-a-Toi Department. She has been a television and radio broadcaster for over 20 years, across Māori and mainstream programming. Co-author of Māori at Home with her husband Scotty, she is a Te Reo Māori revitalisation advocate and works for the School of Māori Art, Knowledge and Education at Massey University.|
|Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley will chair the event. Paul is Pro Vice-Chancellor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University. He has long done research on racist and anti-Semitic politics, including hate speech.|
This Speaker Series event was supported by Netsafe, Human Rights Commission, Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Massey University and NZ National Commission for UNESCO.