|| News: UK makes possessing violent pornography illegal|
Cracking down on violent pornography
30 August 2006
possession of violent and extreme pornographic material is to become a
criminal offence, punishable by up to three years in prison.
new laws announced by Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker, it will be
illegal to possess pornographic images depicting scenes of extreme
sexual violence. This would include, for example, material featuring
violence that appears to be life threatening.
proposals are part of the government's response to its consultation on
the possession of violent and extreme pornographic material launched a
It is already illegal in the UK to publish or
distribute the material covered by the ban, but violent pornography has
become increasingly accessible from abroad via the internet. The new
law will ensure possession of violent and extreme pornography is
illegal both on and offline.
Coaker pointed out that the vast majority of people find
extreme pornography deeply abhorrent. He added, 'Such material has no
place in our society, but the advent of the internet has meant that
this material is more easily available and means existing controls are
being bypassed - we must move to tackle this.'
pointed out that the government was supported on this issue by women’s
and children's groups, as well as police forces. In addition, a
petition signed by around 50,000 people objecting to the extreme
websites that promote violence against women as sexual gratification,
has been presented to Parliament.|
Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre,
said legislation is only effective if it changes along with
technological advances. This legislation, he said, 'builds on the
fundamentals of the Obscene Publications Act 1959, and helps take our
fight against violent and extreme pornography to where it needs to be.'
Three years' imprisonment possible
proposed new offence would carry a maximum penalty of three years
in prison for possession of material depicting serious violence.
government is also proposing that the maximum penalty for the offences
of publication, distribution and possession for gain, committed under
the Obscene Publications Acts, should be increased from the
current three years in prison to five.
The government intends to legislate on this as soon as parliamentary time allows.
The new offence will apply to England and Wales, and plans are being made to extend it to Northern Ireland.
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