New Zealand is facing criticism from New Zealand media after its media watchdog issued a scathing report about the way the country covers mass shootings.
The watchdog said that the country had been unfairly criticised for its treatment of mass shooting victims, who are often stigmatised by the media.
Its report said that New Zealand was “over-exaggerating the extent to which mass shootings are the result of gun violence and over-simplifying the problem”.
Its findings come as a new government review of New Zealand’s gun laws is expected next month.
It also found that New York City had been over-reacting to gun violence, failing to properly investigate mass shootings, and that New Jersey had been less vigilant about gun crime.
“While we appreciate the concerns raised by the Government’s firearms violence prevention report, the report’s recommendations are not based on a realistic picture of the problem,” the New Zealand Institute of Criminology said in a statement.
The report’s authors also criticised the government for failing to provide proper support to victims of mass gun violence.
They said that while there was “no perfect solution” to gun crime, they believed the government should have taken action in the wake of the Newtown massacre.
New Zealand had one of the highest rates of gun deaths in the world, with 1.3 per 100,000 people in 2016, according to a report published in 2017.
At the time of the New York massacre, a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children.
There were also reports that there had been other mass shootings in the country in recent years, including the attack on a kindergarten in 2014.
This article was updated on 26 January to reflect that the gun report was published in late July.