Media freedom thrives in New Zealand but is not entirely exempt from pressure, especially economic pressure. Media pluralism and independence are constantly under threat from moves to concentrate media ownership in ever fewer hands. In May 2017, the Commerce Commission rejected the proposed merger of the country’s two biggest media groups, NZME and Fairfax. There is also political pressure. The media continue to demand changes to the Official Information Act, which obstructs the work of journalists by allowing government agencies a long time to respond to information requests and even makes journalists pay several hundred dollars for the information. The new government led by Jacinda Ardern plans to reinforce the law protecting whistleblowers. At the same time, the suit that the new deputy prime minister brought against two journalists over a leak during the election campaign posed a threat to the confidentiality of their sources.
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