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ALRANZ Initiates Censorship Case Against Website

ALRANZ Initiates Censorship Case Against Nuremberg Files Website

The Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand is about to initate a censorship case against the Nuremberg Files website. In early 1999, this US website was found to have issued injurious threats against US abortion providers.

Currently housed on a mirror site, the Nuremberg Files site includes details of US abortion providers names, business and home addresses, social security and vehicle registration numbers, and details of their spouses and children.

Although many Internet Service Providers had refused to house the site, it was now mirrored at the UK "Campaign for Internet Freedom."

ALRANZ acknowledged that current censorship legislation did not affect websites themselves, so the case would be targeted at computer discs, printed downloads, and hard file bookmarked records as associated publications for the purpose of the Films, Publications and Videos Act.

ALRANZ acknowledged that the Nuremberg Files only targeted US abortion providers, but expressed concern that extremist elements within the New Zealand anti-abortion movement might try to emulate the website content.

ALRANZ sought to invoke hate literature provisions of the Films Publications and Video Act that had recently been invoked against two anti-gay videos within the High Court.

ALRANZ asked why pro-censorship Christian Right pressure groups had been so quiet about the threat that the Nuremberg Files posed to civil peace and law and order. Did they condone the attitudes that were expressed on that site?

contact: Craig Young Research Officer, ALRANZ 2/353 College St ph wk 06 3569099 ext 7750 email:

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