[LINK] RFI: Singapore's Blocks
Mon, 19 Nov 2001 21:15:28 +1000
On Mon, 19 Nov 2001 16:35:06 +1100, Roger Clarke wrote:
>I'd prefer to see freedom of information extend to pornography. But
>if censorship is limited to *hard-core* porn (by which I mean that
>involving non-consensuality, violence and/or children, rather than
>being defined by the nature of the acts or the explicitness of the
>depictions), then I'm personally not concerned enough about the
>censorship to bother lobbying against it. What I *am* concerned
>about is that the scope of censorship is not expanded.
My concern about censorship centres around a belief that anything
that is legal in any part of the world for adults to view or hear or
perceive should be legal to import, view, sell or read in any similar
minded country with democratic freedoms.
A recent posting to the EFA "Stop Censorship" list was also addressed
to firstname.lastname@example.org which is presumably a "bondage and
discipline" group and another possibly similar group at yahoo.groups.
BDSM material is usually consensual material but often contains what
could be considered images of a seemingly violent or non-consensual
I find the attitude of the New South Wales government to be
repugnant. I have repeatedly made the point that I can easily
purchase video tapes of bestiality in my local electorate minutes walk
from the local police station and a few seconds walk from the
electoral office of my local member who has sent me literature
regarding censorship from the Federal Attorney General.
(It remains illegal in New South Wales to sell or offer for sale any
material that doesn't carry an OFLC classification).
The majority of material in adult book shops, especially DVD "adult
video" contains no OFLC classification. As I have pointed out to the
OFLC there are publications of bestiality (within walking distance of
their office) which carry a classification "Restricted Classification
This isn't possible. Bestiality is a prohibited import.
Before it seeks to impose further censorship on the citizens of New
South Wales the New South Wales government should either attempt to
ensure the laws it makes are policed and adhered to (or) legalise that
which is freely and openly available almost anywhere within the state.
The New South Wales government doesn't seem able or willing to do