New Zealand, France to call for end to online terror

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday that she and French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting in Paris next month seeking to eliminate acts of violent extremism and terrorism from being shown online.

Ardern said she and Macron will ask world leaders and chief executives of technology companies to agree to a pledge called the ‘Christchurch Call’, named after the New Zealand city where an attack took place last month.

Ardern didn’t release any details of the pledge, saying they were still being developed.

She said she’d been talking with representatives from companies including Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google along with world leaders and felt they could reach consensus by keeping the pledge tightly focused.

“This isn’t about freedom of speech,” Ardern said. “It’s specifically focussed on eradicating those extreme acts of terrorism online.”

The man accused of murdering 50 people in two Christchurch mosques on March 15 livestreamed the attack on Facebook after mounting a camera on his helmet.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. – AP