Breaking the Silence: Media Access to Prisoners in New Zealand

33 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2019

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Raphael Solomon

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni

Date Written: July 5, 2017

Abstract

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 [2016] NZHC 1996 and Taylor v Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections [2015] 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

Suggested Citation

Solomon, Raphael, Breaking the Silence: Media Access to Prisoners in New Zealand (July 5, 2017). Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3415257 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3415257

Raphael Solomon (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Law, Student/Alumni ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, Victoria 6140
New Zealand

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