Violent internet porn to be banned

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The Government has a responsibility to act against violent pornographic internet images which fuel dangerous and obsessive fantasies, a minister has said.

Downloading and possessing violent and abusive pornography would be banned under a new offence being proposed.

Home Office Minister Paul Goggins said: “These are images of the most horrendous and extreme kind that most people would find utterly repugnant.”

But it would be a defence from prosecution if someone had “come across it accidentally”, he told BBC Breakfast.

The plans were welcomed by the family of Jane Longhurst, the 31-year-old teacher from Brighton who was murdered in 2003 by a male friend, Graham Coutts, who was obsessed with violent internet pornography.

Her mother Liz, from Reading, Berkshire, has led a campaign to raise public awareness of the issue.

Mr Goggins said: “There is no conclusive proof that in every case certain types of images will have a certain impact on every individual.

“We know from that particular case, the horrendous case of Jane Longhurst, who was brutally murdered by Graham Coutts, that these images do have an impact, do feed the fantasies in certain individuals. We believe it’s our responsibility to prevent that from happening.”

Other forms of pornographic material are currently subject to the Obscene Publications Act 1959, but the internet is not covered.

Mr Goggins has published a consultation paper to gather opinion about the Government’s proposals. The deadline for submissions is December 2.

Is this a good idea to protect the public? Or an unlawful breach of human rights/freedom of speech? Whenever I see something like this I am concerned that it is a ruling made by a Government which is being pushed down the road to Political Correctness. What is next on their agenda? Violent games, violent movies? Books? There is a fine line between censirship and denial of freedom. I only hope that we do not cross it.

DT


7 thoughts on “Violent internet porn to be banned

  1. I kinda have to agree with them. This sort of filth should be banned, I think that sometimes we all have a little too much freedom.

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  2. I agree that it is filth, and I see no point in things this, shal we say, brutal. But, but, where will it stop? Will the next horror movie be banned because it incites someone to perform a copycat crime?

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  3. It is disgusting filth, but it shouldn’t be banned. Saying that people get into viewing it then strangle people is idiotic – that’s just like saying people who view porn rape people.

    Nope, sexually starved lunatics rape people.

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  4. One thing I have wondered about this case is, how is the murder linked to the shit this guy was addicted to? Was it linked at all? Did he kill her in a way that was seen in this porno, or is it just a coincidence that he was an addict and killed someone. Will they ban smoking if I kill someone? Is there a correlation between my addiction and my actions? Hmm…

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  5. proven fact: cars kill and cars are sometimes used to deliberately murder but de we jail all car drivers?

    Unproven: Porn corrupts and depraves to the point where an individual might commit a murder so lets jail
    people who enjoy violent porn or more accurately role play material they can find on the WWW.

    Stalinist in the extreme. Typical british government poppycock

    RGDS

    Alan S

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