Part 7
Crimes against religion, morality, and public welfare

Crime against religion

123 Blasphemous libel
  • (1) Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 1 year who publishes any blasphemous libel.

    (2) Whether any particular published matter is or is not a blasphemous libel is a question of fact.

    (3) It is not an offence against this section to express in good faith and in decent language, or to attempt to establish by arguments used in good faith and conveyed in decent language, any opinion whatever on any religious subject.

    (4) No one shall be prosecuted for an offence against this section without the leave of the Attorney-General, who before giving leave may make such inquiries as he or she thinks fit.

    Compare: 1908 No 32 s 150