When the news broke off the mass photography in Christchurch, New Zealand that left at least 49 dead Thursday night, I started looking at Twitter. Two surprising themes stood out: people urge their social media to protect themselves from inadvertently watching an extremely graphic 17-minute video of the attack – and separately New Zealand and Australian locals neglected the local channel Sky News Australia from with intention ] shares parts of the same image with their viewers.
Now, Sky New Zealand transmitter has taken the drastic step to remove Sky News Australia from the airwaves. "We are in support of our new New Zealanders and have made the decision to remove Sky News Australia from our platform until we are convinced that the distressed images from yesterday's events will not be shared," Sky NZ wrote
Sky NZ later drastically changed his message and claimed that the network "only works with our colleagues" on Sky News Australia "to ensure coverage does not compromise ongoing investigations" and suggests that it was a joint decision with Sky News Australia to draw coverage from the air.
We support our new New Zealanders and work with our colleagues at @SkyNewsAust to ensure that coverage does not compromise ongoing investigations in NZ. We made the decision on Friday with Sky News Australia to replace their live sports news.
– SKY New Zealand (@SKYNZ) March 16, 2019
But that is not true of statements from a Sky New Zealand spokesman to New Zealand Herald which was in line with the original tweet: "We made the decision to remove Sky News Australia from our platform, while disturbing photographs of the Scots were shown to avoid causing any distress to our viewers. It will remain vented until we are convinced that the image material will not be shared."
The change of messages is particularly strange, as far as I can say, the two Skys are not exactly colleagues. Sky News Australia is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire from 2016 and is listed as such on News Corp. Australia's brand page – while News Corp sold its stake in New Zealand's Sky Network Television 2013. Maybe it was a later acquisition  New Zealand police said last night that they had done everything to scrub images of the terrorist attack from the Internet – a very difficult task – and reminded citizens today that in New Zealand, distributing an "offensive publication" is a crime:
We also wants to remind the public that it is a crime to distribute an offensive publication and it is punishable by imprisonment.
Again, I want to assure the public that a large police presence remains in the city at present.
– New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) March 15, 2019
An "ordinary English guide" to that law shows that it involves punishment of up to 14 years in prison or up to $ 200,000 for an organization . But that law probably has nothing to do with Sky NZ's decision to pull Sky News Australia out of the air, as it seems to be a built-in exception for broadcasters.
New Zealand Herald reports that Sky News Australia's news coverage has been replaced, currently with Fox Sports instead.