Feb 22 2018
I wish to make a formal complaint against the item titled “Stay out of my life and my choice” broadcast on Tuesday 20 February 2018 in the Project.
My complaint is that it breached Standard 8 – Balance, of the Broadcasting Standards Authority.
In my view this item was on a very contentious issue of great public interest. In matters of great controversy it is important that sufficient time is allowed for the presentation of comment from both sides of the issue. The issue was euthanasia, which is about doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide. The item was timed at an estimated four minutes. The item was clearly presented to advocate for euthanasia with the generous and enthusiastic support of the members of the Project team. I am assuming that there was an effort to provide balance with a brief five second sound bite provided by Matthew Jansen of Care Alliance. I suspect that the interview was very carefully edited resulting in an innocuous one sentence statement. In my view, this sound bite did not constitute an adequate opportunity to present cogent and effective reasons why Parliament should vote at the second reading to reject the contentious End of Life Choice bill of David Seymour MP.
I am a dedicated supporter of Newshub and I am not aware of any opponents of euthanasia being provided with the opportunity to present the substantial and convincing case for upholding the ethics of the medical profession not to be involved in the killing of patients nor the upholding of the prohibition against the taking of the life of another innocent human being, which is the foundation of the law and medicine.
I believe that the media are at the service of the community and that you have the privilege and the duty to ensure that the community are provided with factual information from both sides of the debate that will allow for a properly informed debate within our community. [Read more…]