Fact Check: Prime Minister of New Zealand Did NOT Say Fox News Was Barred There

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Prime Minister of New Zealand Did NOT Say Fox News Was Barred There Allowed in NZ

Did the prime minister of New Zealand say that she never allowed Rupert Murdoch, the creator of Fox News, to set up a media outlet there? No, that's not true: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern did not say she would not allow Murdoch to set up a media outlet in New Zealand, her press secretary said.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post (archived here) where it was published on April 4, 2022. It read:

Asked why New Zealand does not suffer from the rage of older white men like in other western Anglo countries, PM Jacinda Adern replied, 'Because we've never allowed Rupert Murdoch to set up a media outlet here.' The guy has wreaked havoc on civil society in US.

Here is what the Instagram post looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Mon Apr 6 16:21:31 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories reached out to Fox News and Prime Minister Ardern for a comment on this claim. In an April 5, 2022, email, the prime minister's press secretary told us that she did not make this comment. If we receive a response from Fox News, this story will be updated accordingly.

Lead Stories found that Fox News is available in New Zealand by changing a Virtual Private Network's (VPN) location from the United States to New Zealand. Conducting a search of TV Guide listings for New Zealand shows Fox on one cable service's channel 088. Here is a screenshot:

(Source: TV Guide screenshot taken on Mon Apr 4 11:00:02 2022 UTC)

A VPN is a virtual private network that changes the user's current IP address to make it appear as if they are in a different location than their current one, as explained in this article in Forbes Advisor.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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