Saturday, May 18, 2024

David Farrar: Sensible compromise on Christchurch Call

Stuff reports:

New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and French President Emmanuel Macron have announced a new non-governmental organisation, the Christchurch Call Foundation, to coordinate the Christchurch Call’s work to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.
Jacinda Ardern will remain part of the initiative, as Patron of the Call.

New Zealand taxpayer funding for the Christchurch Call will end on June 30, as support functions transfer to the new Secretariat, funded by the new Foundation. The new Secretariat will be up and running under the Foundation from July 1.

The Christchurch Call Foundation has already attracted pledges from members of the Call Community and philanthropic donors.

This looks to be a very good compromise.
  1. The Call is no longer taxpayer funded
  2. Ardern is Patron, but no longer represents the NZ Government on it
  3. The Call can continue, but will have to prove value to donors
David Farrar runs Curia Market Research, a specialist opinion polling and research agency, and the popular Kiwiblog where this article was sourced. He previously worked in the Parliament for eight years, serving two National Party Prime Ministers and three Opposition Leaders.


Anonymous said...

Now the proof of the CC pudding will become evident.

Whether there is any value ? And, if transparent, who donors might be?

Anonymous said...

Yeah Farrar, let's put CENSORSHIP of Freedom of Speech into the hands of unelected corporate NGO's.

You are niave if you think the STATE, let along the states partners in crime, NGO's, are working in the best interests of 'we the people'.

Safe and effective ring a bell?

TJS said...

Ever heard of money laundering? Thems at the top of the pyramid and taxpayer on the base.

Anonymous said...

A good political move for Luxon, but he should've kept ownership of the entire thing and scuppered it instead. Trying to censor the speech of others you disagree with isn't philanthropy.