We’re asking our readers to keep a look out for this video when its released on Youtube.
Generally, people know that tourists are easy prey for criminals in New Zealand – they’re perceived as rich, unaware of their personal safety and aren’t in the country long enough to cause much of a problem after the event. In addition, convicted offenders often receive such ridiculously weak sentences that there is no disincentive not to prey on tourists – they’re easy pickings.
Well now the tourists are fighting back.
One overseas survivor of New Zealand’s crime epidemic wants to put the video of his police interview on Youtube, to show how poorly people like him are treated. Hopefully, by doing so he’ll improve the treatment of future victims and help to raise the standards of New Zealand’s crime investigators.
Here’s how New Zealand’s mainstream media are presenting the story…
A tourist questioned by New Zealand Police has won the right to get a DVD copy of the interview after authorities refused to hand it over because he wanted to post it on YouTube.The Office of the Privacy Commissioner this week released details of the case after the tourist contacted them complaining about his experience.
Details shared on the Office’s website say the man was holidaying here when he filed a police report saying he had been robbed.
“During the investigation, a constable interviewed the complainant. This interview was recorded with the complainant’s consent,” the report says…
Police said they feared a video of the interview shared on the internet would result in ridicule and abuse towards the constable officer who questioned the man.
“We did not agree with this reasoning because section 42(2)b refers to legal duties over documents, not individuals,” the report said.
“While police cited a duty to be a good employer, the act only refers to statutes and common law that prevent an agency from releasing documents.”
In the end, police were required to pass on the interview in a DVD format. However, in a compromise, authorities were allowed to have the interviewing officer’s face pixelated and voice distorted to protect “the constable’s dignity and reputation while also fulfilling police obligations under the Privacy Act.” source
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