New Zealander incarcerated for online video of Christchurch shooting

New Zealander incarcerated for online video of Christchurch shooting
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A New Zealand man who identifies as a white supremacist received 21 months jail sentence for sharing videos of the mosque massacre.

Philip Arps was put behind bars after a court hearing last Tuesday. The man was charged with two counts of distributing objectionable material to which he pleaded guilty prior to the sentence.

The video in question was live streamed by the gunman who massacred 51 Muslims in Christchurch last March 15th. The government of New Zealand made it illegal to distribute or share videos of the terrorist act. Those who commit the offense will be punished with a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail.

According to reports from Al Jazeera, the Arps shared the video with an estimate of 30 people. He was also found in possession of a digitally edited clip of the massacre that included crosshairs and a “kill count”.

Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll addressed Arps saying:
“Your offending glorifies and encourages the mass murder carried out under the pretext of religious and racial hatred.”

O’Driscoll added that Arps used the word “awesome” to describe the footage as it showed strong and unrepentant views against the Muslim community. Arps reportedly argued in court that distributing the video was his right. He claims that he did so to freely pursue his political beliefs as a self-proclaimed white supremacist.

This wasn’t the first time Arps exhibited “offensive behaviour” against Muslims. He was fined back in 2016 when he delivered a severed pig’s head to Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque. The man’s actions are proof that the world has a long way to go before Islamophobia is eliminated.