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+ - EU Demands Europe-wide Censorship of Underage Porn 2

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Brian Ribbon
Brian Ribbon writes: "Radio Netherlands is reporting that the EU is planning to force all of its members to criminalise the viewing of child pornography on the internet. While many people will consider this to be a necessary measure to protect the children, it fails to consider the fact that the downloading of material — without payment — does not encourage those who produce such material, rather it simply offends the public. The production of child pornography is currently the only crime which can't be observed; even watching a video of a murder is legal, yet the EU are demanding even stricter forms of censorship of sexual material. Is such censorship justified, or is it a symptom of a moral panic?"
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EU Demands Europe-wide Censorship of Underage Porn

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  • isn't viewing and possession of childporn already illegal?
    • In which jurisdiction?

      In the UK (and I believe in many other "civilised" countries), viewing and possession is indeed illegal.

      In the Netherlands, viewing isn't illegal, but possession is. Someone has committed an offence if he downloads the material physically or to his browser cache, but not if he just visits underage porn sites and doesn't have his cache enabled. The Thought Police want to change that.

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