Now the Government Can Choose What Porn You Watch

By Gary Cutlack on at

A new national censor, most likely the BBFC seeing as it has form in this area, is expected to be appointed by the government, and put in charge of policing the weird porn ban it thinks is going to make a difference to society.

According to the campaigners at Open Rights Group, amendments to the Digital Economy Bill mean that this national censor will have the power to enforce a block on sites, and not just on the grounds of content -- any not conforming to the UK's age gate rating rules could also be added to the blacklist on the whim of a serious man.

Jim Killock, the ORG's exec director, said of the changes: "In the short term, this is likely to disproportionately affect sexual minorities. However, there are wider implications for free speech. Once this administrative power to block websites is in place, it will invariably be used to censor other content. MPs have already asked why other material that is unsuitable for children is not being censored."

He's so furious that there's a petition against this sort of thing, as petitions always work. [Open Rights Group]


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