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Calls for Peron "marching orders"

Tue 10 May 2005 In: New Zealand Daily News

Calls for gay Auckland bookstore owner and immigrant Jim Peron to be tossed out of the country have been renewed today by NZ First leader Winston Peters. Peters is using a classification by the Chief Censor of a 1987 paedophile journal called Unbound, to which Peron has been linked, as justification for his stance. Chief Censor Bill Hastings says Unbound has been classified as objectionable because it promotes the exploitation of children and young people for sexual purposes. Peters says this makes Unbound illegal in New Zealand, and that the publisher(s) would be prosecuted were it published here. Although Peron, who has been a contributor to, admits penning an article contained within the magazine, he claims it was rewritten without his knowledge. He has denied allegations that he was the editor of Unbound, and that it was sold in a San Francisco bookstore that he owned in the 1980's. Peters says he will be providing a copy of the Censor's decision to the Immigration Minister's office. "The minister would be doing his country a service by ensuring this individual does not darken our shores again," he said in a press statement. "People who are on the record as promoting paedophilic relationships are sick and should be seeking treatment in their home country rather than imposing themselves on unsuspecting New Zealanders." Peron is not in the country at present, the controversy over Unbound surfacing after he left. He said in late March that he had every intention of returning to New Zealand.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Tuesday, 10th May 2005 - 12:00pm

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