New Zealand man jailed for sharing Christchurch shooting footage

New Zealand man jailed for sharing Christchurch shooting footage

New Zealand man jailed for sharing Christchurch shooting footage

Written by Reuters

18 Jun, 2019 | 11:40 am

Reuters – A New Zealand man was jailed for 21 months on Tuesday (June 18) on charges of distributing videos of the Christchurch shootings.

A lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 while live-streaming the massacre on Facebook.

Philip Arps, 44, had pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing objectionable material after sharing copies of the live-streamed video to about 30 people soon after the massacre, Radio New Zealand reported.

He had another version of the mass shooting video that was modified to add cross-hairs and a body count to the video, RNZ said.

A self-described white supremacist, Arps was charged with “offensive behavior” and fined NZ$800 ($543) in 2016 after he delivered a bloodied pig’s head to Al Noor mosque, one of the mosques that were targeted in the mass shooting.

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