Breaking the Silence: Media Access to Prisoners in New Zealand
33 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 5, 2017
In recent years there have been two high profile judicial review cases of the Department of Corrections’ decision to deny a journalist an interview with a prisoner in Watson v Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections  NZHC 1996 and Taylor v Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections  NZCA 477. This paper examines the law relating to media access to prisons in New Zealand and concludes that while the courts have adequately protected prisoners’ freedom of expression, the Department of Corrections has consistently adopted an overly restrictive approach.
Keywords: Media, Prisons, Freedom of Expression, Judicial Review
JEL Classification: K00
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