Stuff.co.nz Editor-in-Chief Patrick Crewdson denies the media outlet manipulated a video to cover up police brutality.
Yesterday DTNZ published a story on a Stuff.co.nz video many considered had deliberately blocked out footage of a Parliament protester being eye-gouged by police.
In an email to a DTNZ reader, which Crewdson agreed could be shared publicly, he said:
Stuff has not manipulated any video to cover up police brutality.
It seems you’re referring to this video we published on our YouTube channel. Late in the video, some of YouTube’s standard recommended content placements appear on the screen, suggesting links of potential interest and offering a chance to subscribe to Stuff’s channel.
You can see very similar placements appear at the same point in other Stuff videos on YouTube, such as this one.
The same video of police and protesters clashing – but without those recommended content pop-ups – is watchable directly on Stuff here.
What’s more, yesterday we published a story for which we interviewed Phil Peters – the protester who alleges police assaulted him – and sought a response from police. That story also contains a video showing the incident.
Far from manipulating content to “cover up” police actions, we have reported on those allegations directly – including with video footage.
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