Clearly those persons who choose not to take the government’s experimenal “vaccine” are a minority group and are in this article the subject of comments that are not only discriminatory but in our opinion hateful. The statements indicate that the quoted writer believes that the unvaccinated should be virtually locked away from society. The NZ Herald has a responsibility to the public to avoid publishing articles which espouse discrimination and hate towards a group of people and the content of this article far exceeds what is acceptable.
Hello Mr O’Brien, thank you for your email.
The article contains various perspectives and reactions to comments made publicly by Sarah Gilbert. Her credentials are not in dispute and she is entirely qualified to express views on the danger that Covid-19 poses to the unvaccinated.
Their comments do not relate specifically to New Zealand, but are general opinions.
In relation to vaccinations and the workplace in this country we have already reported on a failed employment action taken by a Customs worker and the Employment Relations Minister’s comments that employers can require staff to be vaccinated.
We do not accept that the article encourages discrimination.
We also do not believe that anti-vaxxers and science deniers are specifically afforded protection under the Media Council’s principle 7 in relation to ‘diversity’.
Accordingly your complaint is rejected.