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Dealing with the media

Some crimes – especially homicide cases or crimes involving high profile people – attract media attention.

Tips for dealing with the media

It is your choice whether you want to speak to the media. If you do decide to speak to the media the following tips can help:

You can download these guidelines from Victim Support’s website(external link).

Can the media report my evidence or other things about the case?

The police do not release the name of a deceased person without the consent of the next of kin. However, the media may find other ways of identifying someone, for example, speaking to people who were at the scene or viewing a death notice.

Most courts and court cases are open to the media and the public.

The media sometimes access court documents through the courts and report on what is in them. Court documents include such things as the facts sheet / summary of charges, parties’ names and transcripts of what is said in court.

Victims of sexual violence and children are protected from being identified by the media. In some other cases, the prosecutor may ask the court to prevent identification of other witnesses who are vulnerable. However, the media can still report on the nature and details of the case.

Media reports can often take people by surprise when they were not expecting it or did not know the things the report contains.

Complaints or concerns about the media

If you have any concerns or questions about the media, contact the officer in charge of your case or Victim Support on 0800 VICTIM (0800 842 846).

If you want to make a complaint about something reported in the media you should first complain to the editor of the relevant publication. If the complaint is not resolved by the editor, you can make a complaint to the New Zealand Press Council(external link).

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