Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

CleanFeed Child Porn Block Applauded

The Society for the Promotion of Community Standards Inc.

Press Release No 2: 25 July 2005
CleanFeed Child Porn Block Applauded

Society president Mike Petrus says “the Society is delighted to read a report that Internet industry groups are teaming up with the Government to test a system to filter online child pornography.” The Censorship Compliance officials in the Department of Internal Affairs will be testing the British CleanFeed systems, which block access to sites that have been blacklisted for hosting such material. (DominionPost 25 July).

Petrus says: “We have been calling for some time for the government to bring in legislation that makes it mandatory for all NZ ISPs to provide high quality filters that block access to all internet sites that feature hard core pornography and child pornography, as well as material that tends to promote and support, or promotes and supports, activities such as paedophilia, necrophilia and bestiality – (activities that are listed in s. 3(2) of the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act (1993)). The Society acknowledges that voluntary compliance and self-regulation by ISPs to an agreed standards code, with community pressure being used to bring non-compliant ISPs into line, would be preferable to having to make laws. However, it recognises the reality of the commercial world in which, sadly, profits and greed tend to dominate and negate principled action, making mandatory compliance by ISPs a necessary ‘evil’ (the internet porn industry is a multi-million dollar exploitative industry).”

The Office of Film and Literature Classification, headed by Chief Censor Bill Hastings, will be involved in the investigation of CleanFeed, presumably by deciding which type of “objectionable” content needs to be filtered, as well as Internet safety group Netsafe and non-profit society InternetNZ.

The Society is concerned that with all the focus shifting to policing the dissemination of “child porn”, censorship authorities have applied less attention to the dissemination of other types of “objectionable” content that should be banned. The present government has done nothing for example to raise concerns over the Chief Censor’s Office giving the green light for films containing gratuitous and explicit depictions of brutal (vaginal and anal) rape, necrophilia, and degrading sexual acts involving human excrement, etc. to be screened in public cinemas. “We have a government and its Minister of Internal Affairs, the Hon. George Hawkins, who publicly applaud the work of the Chief Censor and his Deputy and the entire Film and Literature Board of Review, for making classification decisions that let these types of sick films into NZ cinemas,” says Mr Petrus.

“While it is praiseworthy that agencies seek to protect innocent children from harm and injury at the hands of pornographers and the child molestors who may be stimulated to commit crimes using such toxic material, we need to remind the public that this government has done nothing to prevent the killing of over 100,000 unborn children in the womb by abortionists, during its term of office. Government has approved and funded these crimes against innocent helpless human beings,” says Mr Petrus.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election