How is name suppression enforced in New Zealand?

Morning Talk 11/12/2018
Grace Millane. Photo: Facebook.

The internet and international laws make it "basically impossible" to enforce a name suppression beyond New Zealand's borders, says a law expert.

Grace Millane's murder-accused was granted interim name suppression on Monday, meaning his name can't be revealed for 20 working days.

However, the suppression can only technically be enforced within New Zealand.

"If anyone tries to talk about this or distribute the information within New Zealand, then they can be pursued," said Prof Ursula Cheer, University of Canterbury's Dean of Law and media law specialist.

Indeed, Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater was convicted in 2010 for illegally identifying several New Zealanders who has been protected by name suppression orders.

Slater was fined $750 for each count, a total amount to $6750, and ordered to pay $130 court costs for each charge.

While name suppression can be tough to enforce in the age of sharing, Prof Cheer says it's no reason to ditch the practice within New Zealand's borders.

"That's not a reason to throw out the baby with the bathwater."

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