John Minto: hate speech laws will impact on progressive organisations

Veteran human rights campaigner John Minto talks to Daphna Whitmore about his concerns with the proposed new hate speech laws. John sees the danger of such laws being used in ways they were not intended and gives several examples where that has happened in New Zealand with the Race Relations Act in the 1970s being used against Maori and Unlawful Assembly laws that aimed to target gangs were used against the anti-Apartheid movement in the 1980s. He talks about the alternatives to state intervention and criminal charges. He is critical of the Labour Government for its failure to deal with underlying problems in New Zealand society.

John Minto