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New Zealand Leader Makes a Vow After Massacres

Jacinda Ardern says she will never utter the name of the accused gunman
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2019 5:55 AM CDT
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to representatives of the Muslim community Saturday, March 16, in Christchurch, New Zealand.   (New Zealand Prime Minister Office via AP)

(Newser) – New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern spoke to parliament Tuesday and made a promise: She will never utter the name of the man accused of the mosque massacres. "He sought many things from his act of terror but one was notoriety, that is why you will never hear me mention his name," she said, per the Guardian. "He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless." She urged lawmakers and the public to speak the names of the victims instead. Two other points:

  • Social media: Ardern said the government would review the role of social media in the attack, reports NPR. "They are the publisher, not just the postman," she said. "There cannot be the case of all profit, no responsibility." Among other things, the gunman live-streamed the assaults on Facebook.
  • Heroes: Ardern praised the bravery of Naim Rasheed, who was killed while trying to wrestle away a gun, and Abdul Aziz, who is credited with saving lives by throwing a credit-card reader at the gunman at one of the mosques and causing him to flee. CNN has the details on Aziz.
(The suspected shooter apparently intends to represent himself in court.)

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