10 Aug 2016

Complaint against RNZ partially upheld

1:28 pm on 10 August 2016

The Online Media Standards Authority (OMSA) has decided a story about Mossack Fonseca agent Roger Thompson on this website was misleading and not adequately substantiated.

Our article said Mr Thompson had "specifically advised" his clients to avoid countries with information sharing agreements with New Zealand and instructed his clients to avoid any countries that might enter into double tax agreements with New Zealand.

OMSA's Complaints Committee also looked at the "disclosure rules" in the article headline, but decided it was a reasonable representation of the kinds of agreements referred to in the article.

Lastly, OMSA held that given Roger Thompson was not contacted prior to the article being published, the article lacked a reasonable range of viewpoints and Mr Thompson was not treated fairly.

So, the complaint was upheld, in part.

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