The internet is synonymous with robust conversations. That does not mean that it is any more okay to publish defamatory comments or false allegations online that it is anywhere else.
The Harmful Digital Communication Act aims to prevent and reduce the impact of cyber-bullying, harassment, image based abuse (sometimes known as revenge porn) and other forms of abuse and intimidation.
More advice and information
- Contact Netsafe if you’d like further help on 0508 NETSAFE or netsafe.org.nz/report.
- Read more about the Harmful Digital Communications Act.
- Wellington defamation lawyer Ali Romanos maintains a website dedicated to defamation law as it applies in New Zealand.
- Wellington barrister and media law specialist, Stephen Price has produced a good general explanation of defamation law in NZ.