BSA finds TVNZ story on Bridges was inaccurate

The BSA has ruled:

The Authority has upheld a complaint that a 1 News item reporting on National MP Simon Bridges travelling from Tauranga to Wellington during COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown breached the accuracy standard. The Authority found that the item, which was exclusively focussed on MPs breaking lockdown rules, was misleading in putting Hon Simon Bridges in that category. It found that the broadcaster had not made reasonable efforts to clarify that under the rules, he was allowed to travel to Parliament for work.

That story was very damaging. It is little consolation to have a correction months later, but at least we have an official ruling it was inaccurate.

UPDATE: In an unprecedented move, the BSA has removed the ruling from its website. I can only assumed they have been heavied or pressured by someone to do so.

Google however has cached the decision here.

UPDATE: The BSA has advised me:

1. The BSA has withdrawn a decision published on 15 September relating to a One News item about travel during lockdown by the then Leader of the Opposition Hon Simon Bridges.

2. It has come to our attention that the decision was made on the basis of an incorrect assessment of lockdown regulations.

3. The BSA is reviewing its decision and will reissue it as soon as possible.

4. The BSA regrets this situation.

My understanding is that the decision referred to the wrong version of the lockdown regulations.

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