New Zealand is facing a crisis of press freedom as a result of the death of journalist Andrew Seymour.
Seymour, who was working for the Island Press, was murdered last week in his home town of Kinston.
His death has sparked a wave of public outrage and condemnation.
It was a tragic event that touched on many important issues that we care deeply about in the world, including freedom of the press, freedom of expression, freedom to exercise our religion, freedom from fear, freedom for everyone to participate in the political process, freedom and security for all, said Labour leader Jacinda Ardern.
“We need to do everything we can to bring the right people together to bring some balance to the situation, including bringing people together for an inquest and bringing the police in and bringing in a coroner,” said Arderns.
“That’s what we’ve got to do.”
In the past, the New Zealand Press Association has said the Government has been very responsive to the death and the concerns raised, and there are several steps that can be taken to support the island press.
“The Government has provided a lot of resources and support to the Island press in the past and we are doing that again,” Arderni said.
“This is a serious issue, and it is very difficult to put a number on the number of press freedoms that have been lost across the country.”
In response to the Seymour death, Prime Minister Jacinda Rehman released a statement saying that the Government is committed to the “full protection of press rights and freedoms” and that the island Press Association will continue to work for press freedom.
The Government is also looking at what it can do to help, she said.
However, the Government also acknowledged that there are significant gaps in the media landscape, and that a “full investigation into the circumstances surrounding Andrew Seymour’s death” is ongoing.
The issue of press protection in New Zealand was recently highlighted by the murder of journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras.
Both were working for The Intercept and were killed in their homes.
Greenwald was a former journalist who wrote extensively about surveillance, and Poitra was a journalist working for a media outlet in Germany who was investigating the surveillance activities of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND).
Ardernis said that the government will continue working with the New Media Alliance to work on improving the situation.
“I think there’s a lot that can and should be done and I think that New Zealanders want to see this issue brought to the fore.
There are a lot more important things that need to be done, so I’m really confident that we’ll get that done,” she said, pointing out that the press had a strong voice in the election campaign and was the only voice that stood up against the Conservative Government.
“It’s been really important to hear from New Zealand people, because New Zealand has an important role in this.
We are a democracy, and we want to know what our government is doing, we want our representatives to know how we feel about the Government,” she added.