Governments response to the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attack videos and manifesto

In New Zealand, the video of the Christchurch terrorist attacks has been classified as objectionable. It is therefore illegal to share, host or view. Accessing, possessing, or distributing (including sharing or hosting or showing other people) the video file are criminal offences against New Zealand law.

The ‘manifesto’ produced by the individual responsible for the attacks has also been classified as objectionable and it is therefore a criminal offence to hold, copy or share this document under New Zealand law.

Since the attacks, internet service providers and social media platforms have been formally advised that the video and manifesto are illegal. ISPs and platforms have been responsive in taking action against users who try to upload, download or distribute it. The Digital Safety Group continues to monitor and work with sites and platforms hosting the content to seek its voluntary removal. Social media platforms continue to voluntarily remove the material as it is objectionable and does not align with their own terms and conditions.

Use of the video by the media

The Department considers media to have an important role in minimising harm to New Zealanders and encourages media to act responsibly in relation to the video. The Department is not supportive of media using an objectionable file, even in a cut down version, in their reporting on this matter. Media are not exempt from the requirements of the Act, but can seek a formal exemption through the Office of Film and Literature Classification

Report use of the Christchurch terrorist attack video

If you come across the video or manifesto on social media or any other forum, please report it to the Digital Safety Group by filling out this form:

Report Objectionable Content