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(Feb 25, 2013)
It was reported on February 20, 2013, that Halla Gunnarsdóttir, an advisor in
The Ministry is reportedly working on a draft law on the subject that would block porn websites and prohibit payment for access to them using credit cards supplied by Icelandic banks. (Andrey Fedyashin, Internet Censorship: Iceland – Porn-Free Island, THE VOICE OF
While those advocating the ban cite its value in protecting children, observers concerned about freedom of speech on the Internet have criticized the proposal. Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the legislature from the city of Reykjavik, while generally praising the Minister of the Interior,Ögmundur Jónasson, the originator of the ban proposal, as a "man of principles and courage," calls the porn ban suggestion "way off track" and states that it has little chance of being adopted. (
Gunnarsdóttir counters critics by stating that the move would not be "anti-sex. It is anti-violence because young children are seeing porn and acting it out. That is where we draw the line. This material is blurring the boundaries for young people about what is right and wrong." (
|Author:||Constance Johnson More by this author|
|Topic:||Freedom of speech More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||Iceland More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 02/25/2013