Tag: Christchurch, New Zealand, Attack (March 2019)

The Rise and Rise of Death Online

The video of the Christchurch mosque killings portrays the murder of innocent people from the perspective of their killer, who also used it to disseminate his racist motivations and genocidal worldview. The recording was made with that intention — to spread. This, Facebook said, was among the reasons the company couldn’t quickly eliminate the footage […]

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news analysis: New Zealand Confronts an American Export: Mass Shootings

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The ad hoc memorial at the police cordon spread out across a wide area. Within a few hours of the terrorist attack that stole the lives of 50 people at two mosques here, there was a mountain of flowers and handwritten messages filled with anguish. “This is your home and you […]

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In Christchurch, One Family Among Many Buries a Son

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Farah Talal took an early lunch break last Friday from her job at a Muslim child care center in Christchurch, New Zealand. Upstairs, in their apartment, she found her husband, Atta Elayyan, shaving before he left for Friday Prayer. “I walked in like, ‘Oh, nice! Good job,’ ” said Ms. Talal, […]

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Mourners Honor the Dead With Call to Prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — One week after a terrorist attack that killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, mourners who came from around the world honored the dead Friday by sharing the Muslim call to prayer and two minutes of silence. In a park across from Al Noor Mosque, where 42 worshipers […]

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When Government Works for the Governed

The murder of 50 Muslim worshipers in New Zealand, allegedly by a 28-year-old Australian white supremacist, will be long scrutinized for the way violent hatreds are spawned and staged on social media and the internet. But now the world should learn from the way Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, has responded to the horror. […]

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In New Zealand, Spreading the Mosque Shooting Video Is a Crime

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — A lone white supremacist is the suspect in the Christchurch mosque killings. But under New Zealand law, many others could face charges for spreading or perhaps even possessing all or part of the 17-minute Facebook Live video streamed by the killer as he methodically shot the victims. As of Thursday, at […]

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6 Days Later, New Zealand Plans New Gun Laws. Here’s How Other Countries Reacted to Shootings.

It took New Zealand just six days to announce an immediate plan to change to the nation’s gun policy after a gunman killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch last week. On Thursday, a day after the first victims were laid to rest, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a national ban on all military-style […]

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Same Name, Different Missions: The N.R.A. in the U.S. and New Zealand

They share a name, and both espouse a love of guns, but beyond that, the National Rifle Association in New Zealand has little in common with America’s most powerful gun advocacy group. The New Zealand organization, which has no formal connection to the N.R.A. in the United States, is the country’s governing body for the […]

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The Argument: Is Trump Causing White Terrorism?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher This week on “The Argument,” is President Trump partly to blame for white supremacist attacks like the New Zealand mosque shooting? Michelle Goldberg argues that the president bridges racist ideology and the internet’s nihilistic […]

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New Zealand Police Listed Wrong Person as Killed in Mosque Shooting

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The suspected gunman in last week’s attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was charged with murder for the death of one victim — but the police announced on Thursday that that supposed victim was in fact alive. A police spokesman said that the charge sheet would be corrected, with […]

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New Zealand’s Dealing With Its Gun Problem. When Will We?

When a terrorist massacred 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern immediately grasped the nettle. “I can tell you one thing right now,” she told a news conference. “Our gun laws will change.” That’s what effective leadership looks like. New Zealand’s cabinet has now agreed in principle to overhaul […]

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The White-Extinction Conspiracy Theory Is Bonkers

“The Great Replacement” is a racist and misogynistic conspiracy theory that holds that white people face existential decline, even extinction, because of rising immigration in the West and falling birthrates among white women (caused, of course, by feminism). That’s pretty much the whole argument; as a bit of rhetoric, the theory is about as deep […]

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The New Zealand Attack Posed New Challenges for Journalists. Here’s How The Times Covered Them.

Sadly, The Times has covered a lot of shootings. But the killing of 50 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday by a gunman intent on using the tools of the internet as weapons in his fight raised a number of new issues for our newsroom. In the aftermath of the attack, we […]

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‘So Heartbreaking’: Funerals Begin for New Zealand Attack Victims

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Azaam Afaan did not want to be late. The first funeral since Friday’s terrorist attack was about to begin, and though he had no idea who was being buried, he just knew he needed to participate. Staring through dark sunglasses at the cemetery’s fringe — fighting back tears for a slain […]

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The New Zealand Shooting Victims Spanned Generations and Nationalities

One was a dairy farmer. Another aspired to be a pilot. One was an elder known for helping newcomers. Another was a teenager who called his mother when the shooting started. The 50 people slaughtered by a gunman at two Christchurch mosques last week spanned a range of backgrounds. Here is what we know about […]

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Why Jacinda Ardern Matters

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, has been exemplary in her response to the massacre in Christchurch, where 50 Muslims were killed in two mosques by an Australian white supremacist and his accomplices. Ms. Arden provided a frame for national grief by embracing the Muslim immigrant community and by […]

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New Zealand Is Loath to Use Suspect’s Name to Avoid Amplifying His Cause

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — The man accused of carrying out the attack that killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, is expected to represent himself in court, but the country’s prime minister said on Tuesday that she wants to do everything possible to deny him the attention he craves. “He is a […]

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Money Raised for ‘Egg Boy’ Will Be Donated to New Zealand Victims

SYDNEY, Australia — Money raised for a teenager who shot to worldwide fame after smashing an egg on the head of an Australian far-right politician will go toward the victims of the New Zealand mosque shootings, according to his fund-raising page. On Tuesday morning, a GoFundMe page for Will Connolly, now commonly known as Egg […]

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ISIS Spokesman Ends Silence by Calling for Retaliation Over New Zealand Massacres

The spokesman of the Islamic State emerged from nearly six months of silence on Monday to mock America’s assertion of having defeated the group and to call for retaliation over last week’s mosque attacks in New Zealand. “The scenes of the massacres in the two mosques should wake up those who were fooled, and should […]

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The Attack That Broke the Net’s Safety Net

As authorities rushed to stop a gunman on a mass killing spree in New Zealand, engineers, programmers and content moderators around the globe were scrambling to keep the rampage from going viral. It didn’t work. The terrorist in Christchurch killed 50 people at two mosques on Friday, livestreaming part of the attack on Facebook. The […]

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