The Otago University Students Association wants broadcast media to sign a censorship contract before attending Ori10 concerts.
The annual orientation event starts tomorrow and upon requesting media passes to cover it, Dunedin’s Channel 9 production manager Luke Chapman received a media release form.
The contract contained clauses banning broadcast of footage “showing severe intoxication . . . including, but not limited to vomiting, concussion, fighting, individuals receiving medical attention, and sexually explicit material”.
Oh how wonderful. Instead of having events with no vomiting, fighting or injuries, OUSA just wants to ban the media from showing such activities.
TV3 reporter Dave Goosselink compared OUSA’s attempts at controlling the media to the Fijian Government.
He had never signed a contract to attend orientation events before and said the station never intentionally chased drunk people.
TV3 had never seen a contract like it and he believed one had never existed in New Zealand.
TVNZ One News editor Paul Patrick said he would not sign a contract.
“If they don’t want us to cover orientation, we won’t,” he said.
When he first saw the contract, he “thought it was a joke”.
And universities are meant to be bastions of free speech!