Justice and Human Rights – June 4, 2019:
MPs start off the session debating a motion to expunge comments made by Conservative MP Michael Cooper at the committee’s meeting last week. During the May 28th meeting of the House Justice committee, Cooper read from the Christchurch mosque shooter’s terrorist manifesto and told a witness that they “should be ashamed” of themselves.
Committee members then vote to make the rest of their meeting audio only, where media personalities Lindsay Shepherd, John Robson and Mark Steyn raise concerns over the criminal code’s handling of hate speech. The discussion revolves around publication bans on social media, materials of misrepresentation and government censorship.