Summarised by Centrist
In “The facts behind RNZ’s Russian edits scandal”, former digital team RNZ editor Mick Hall, the man behind the controversial edits, tells his side of the story. He describes his “political show trial” and explains his thinking and motivations behind his editing of Reuters articles reprinted by RNZ.
RNZ managers reacted with hysteria, labelling the edits when they were discovered as ‘pro-Kremlin garbage’.
However, he found support through respected academics like University of Chicago’s John Mearsheimer, one of the most highly regarded political scientists in the world.
According to Hall, RNZ’s “audit demonstrated that, when it came to Palestinian rights, class struggles and coups in Latin America, US provocations against China involving Taiwan, Julian Assange’s plight, and even UK workers’ right to strike, no deviation from US State Department or Westminster positions would be tolerated”.
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