Commissioner King in New Zealand to discuss fight against #Terrorism – online and offline

| June 26, 2019

Security Union Commissioner Julian King (pictured) will be visiting New Zealand on Wednesday (26 June) and Thursday. Today (26 June), the Commissioner will be in Wellington, where he will meet Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand. He will also hold meetings with Justice Minister Andrew Little, Police Minister Stuart Nash and Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi as well as Simon Bridges, MP and leader of the opposition.

On Thursday (27 June), the Commissioner will travel to Christchurch, where he will meet Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch. The Commissioner will also speak to New Zealand police first respondents and will visit Al Noor Mosque to pay tribute to the victims of the March terrorist attacks.

Finally, he will deliver the 2019 Europa Lecture entitled ‘The Christchurch Call – Bringing the conversation home’ at the University of Canterbury. During his visit, Commissioner King will inform his counterparts on ongoing EU efforts to prevent the dissemination of terrorist content online and support counter-narratives, work that is being pursued together with EU member states and Internet companies including within the EU Internet Forum.

The Commissioner will also debrief counterparts on the Commission’s legislative proposal to swiftly detect and remove terrorist content online. The visit follows the Christchurch Call for action summit in Paris that President Juncker attended in May. 

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