QUESTION 1:
Are the proposed guidelines for each standard clear, appropriate and helpful?
QUESTION 2:
Are there any additional guidelines you would recommend for any of the standards?
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ELECTION PROGRAMMES
CODE CONSULTATION 2019
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QUESTION 3:
Do you have any views on how the standards should apply to political party promises
(ie promises as to future conduct)?
QUESTION 4:
Standard E3 states that election programmes may not include ‘material which denigrates a political party or
candidate’ (with ‘denigrate’ defined as devaluing the reputation of the political party or candidate). To ensure this
standard does not capture situations it is not meant to (eg where a partys or candidate’s reputation is devalued
by virtue of legitimate political criticism of their policies/perspectives) do you consider there is a need to either:
define denigration so that it is limited to purposeful or intentional devaluing of reputations (eg ‘denigrate’
is defined as ‘
attempting
to devalue’ the reputation of a party/candidate); or
include a reasonableness standard (such that denigration is assessed by reference to the view of ‘the
reasonable person’)?
Alternatively, do you consider that guidelines E3b and E3c adequately deal with this issue? They:
require a ‘high level of condemnation, often with an element of malice or nastiness’ for a finding
of denigration
clarify that the standard is not intended to prevent the broadcast of material that is factual, a genuine
expression of serious comment, analysis, opinion or advocacy or legitimate humour or satire.
QUESTION 5:
Given our objective of ensuring alignment with equivalent standards with which media may be
required to comply, are there any other issues which need to be considered?
QUESTION 6:
We intend to translate the Election Programmes Code into te reo Māori and other languages.
Which languages should the code be translated into?
QUESTION 7:
Do you have any other feedback regarding the draft Election Programmes Code?
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