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50,000 Legal Firearms Confiscated in New Zealand ‘Buyback’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand authorities said Saturday their country will be a safer place after owners handed in more than 50,000 guns during a buyback program following a ban on assault weapons. But critics say the process was flawed and many owners have illegally stashed their firearms.

New Zealand

Hayward: Viral Authoritarianism Spreads from China to Australia with New Censorship Law

Australia’s parliament on Wednesday passed a strict new social media law that could fine tech companies, or even jail their executives, if they allow violent material to be posted on their sites or fail to remove it quickly enough after complaints are filed. An op-ed at Sky News on Thursday conceded that China might have had the right idea all along about censoring and controlling the Internet.

Australia could jail social media execs for showing violence

New Zealand ISPs Ban Websites Hosting Christchurch Shooting Video

New Zealand ISPs are banning websites which host the Christchurch mosque shooter’s video of the massacre. In New Zealand, sharing the video is a criminal offense, and one 22-year-old reportedly faces at least ten years in prison for sharing it online. The Internet companies are not taking action against Facebook, where the video was originally livestreamed.

This image grab from a self-shot video that was streamed on Facebook Live by the man who was involved in two mosque shootings in Christchurch shows the man holding a gun as he enters the Masjid al Noor mosque