Indian govt formal complaint against Henry
The Indian Government has formally complained about offensive remarks from Television New Zealand Breakfast host Paul Henry.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully said he would indicate to the Indian Government that the comments were the actions of one person, made in a country in which freedom of speech is an important foundation principle.
“However it is always regrettable when a prominent individual abuses the freedom of expression, which is one of our basic rights, to cause offence to others.
“That is especially the case when the person offended against is a prominent public figure in another country.”
Mr McCully said Mr Henry’ actions can only be described as “gratuitous” and “insulting”.
“Any action against Mr Henry is entirely a matter for the company, or for the Broadcasting Standards Authority should a complaint reach that body.”
“I will make it clear to the Indian Government that TVNZ operates on a basis that accords it statutory independence from the New Zealand Government,” he said.