December 12, 2017
No right to platform for racist views
An Otago Ngai Tahu leader has slammed his local newspaper for running an opinion column attacking use of te reo Maori by broadcasters.
The column in the Otago Daily Times by fishing writer Dave Witherow drew widespread criticism, including a rebuke from Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.
Tahu Potiki says Mr Witherow is known in the region for voicing anachronistic red neck views and it is to the ODT’s shame that it gave him a voice.
"Because there are people in communities who have ridiculous views on all manner of things. That doesn't mean they have a right to be published in a reputable newspaper and aired nationally. That’s crazy," he says.
Mr Potiki says the same applies for former National and ACT Party leader Don Brash, whose only role now seems to be stirring up controversy by attacking things Maori.
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