The NZHS described the law that received Royal assent on July 2 as
The society said the new act seeking to put an end to cyber-bullying can land people in prison for up to two years for committing blasphemy.
The NZHS also believes the law was introduced “by the back door.”
said Mark Honeychurch, the NZHS president as cited by The New Zealand Herald.
The Harmful Digital Communications Act came into force on July 2.
It introduces a number of communication principles.
One of them states:
Violators of the law will have to pay a fine up to 50,000NZD (almost $33,200) or serve two years in prison. Corporate bodies will face even higher fines – up to 200,000NZD almost ($133,200).
Advocates of the law believe it will effectively help to fight against cyber-bullying and harmful online content.
Justice Minister Amy Adams said a special agency would be created to work with victims of cyber-bullying.
“The agency will help victims of harassment or cyber-bullying to resolve complaints as quickly and painlessly as possible. It will work with parties to help get objectionable content off the internet, and provide advice on other possible remedies,“Adams said on July 27.
Published time: 9 Aug, 2015 | Source: rt.com "New Zealand govt slammed by rights group for blasphemy law ‘enacted by stealth’"