During an episode of Bomber’s Blog, broadcast on Triangle TV at 9.45pm, the presenter used offensive language while reviewing the week’s political news. The same language was displayed onscreen. The Authority did not uphold the complaint that this breached the good taste and decency standard: political commentary and satire are important forms of speech, and taking into account relevant contextual factors most viewers would not have been offended by the language used.
Not Upheld: Good Taste and Decency
Zindagi Forever. Religious programme included song lyrics in Hindi with English subtitles that made reference to God. Not upheld (controversial issues, accuracy, fairness).
Voice of Islam. Comments about the Bible compared to the Qur’an. Not upheld (discrimination and denigration).
Darpan – The Mirror. Report on first Hindu conference in New Zealand. Law and order, privacy, balance, accuracy, fairness, programme classification, programme information, and violence. Not upheld.
Voice of Islam. Hate speech, denigration. Upheld. No order.
Voice of Islam. Comments by converts to Islam seen as denigration of Hindu and Christian communities. Not upheld (denigration).
Issues 101. A gay movie showing sex scenes was screened at 8.30pm. Upheld: majority (good taste and decency). Upheld: unanimous (children's interests). Order (broadcast of Statement).
Jagad Guru Speaks. Discussion regarding transubstantiation. Not upheld (good taste and decency, majority; fairness).