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Excerpt from online NZ herald article:
A One News item that claimed Samoa was “awash with drugs and guns” breached broadcast standards on balance, fairness, and accuracy, the Broadcasting Standards Authority has ruled.
The authority has upheld a complaint from Samoa’s Attorney-General about the item, which screened on April 6 last year and was repeated in an extended form on Tagata Pasifika on April 9.
One News introduced the item as an exclusive about a Pacific paradise “awash with guns and drugs” where criminal gangs were building up a “terrifying arsenal”.
The authority ordered TVNZ to broadcast a summary of the decision on One News and Tagata Pasifika within a month of the decision and to pay complainant costs of $5000 and Crown costs of $2000.
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