Philosophy Hurts Your Head

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Anti-abortion website blacklisted by ACMA!

Posted by Sam D on January 22, 2009

As reported on Whirlpool and Somebody Think of the Children, ACMA has apparently declared an anti-abortion website to be unsuitable for adults after a complaint was lodged via email. ACMA’s response was posted on both of the above sites, but I’ll repeat it for those of you too lazy to click a link.

Edit: Just to state the obvious, the link below to abortiontv.com will take you to images that claim to be aborted fetuses. If you are a child, at work, or otherwise wish not to see such things, then don’t click on it!

Subject: Complaint Reference: 2009000009/ ACMA-691604278
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:45:00 +1100
From: online@acma.gov.au

Complaint Reference: 2009000009/ ACMA-691604278

I refer to the complaint that you lodged with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on 5th January 2009 about certain content made available at:

http://www.abortiontv.com/Pics/AbortionPictures6.htm

Following investigation of your complaint, ACMA is satisfied that the internet content is hosted outside Australia, and that the content is prohibited or potential prohibited content.

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) has a code of practice (http://www.iia.net.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=415&Itemid=33) for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) which, among other things, set out arrangements for dealing with such content. In accordance with the code, ACMA has notified the above content to the makers of IIA approved filters, for their attention and appropriate action. The code requires ISPs to make available to customers an IIA approved filter.

Information about ACMA’s role in regulating online content (including internet and mobile content), including what is prohibited or potentially prohibited content is available at ACMA’s website at www.acma.gov.au/hotline

Thank you for bringing this matter to ACMA’s attention.

Disturbing, but undoubtedly political content. So, not even political speech is safe from ACMA. Pete, I hope you take note of this.

Edit: spelling & formatting.

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6 Responses to “Anti-abortion website blacklisted by ACMA!”

  1. One Dove said

    I certainly have no desire to view pictures of living creatures who have been senselessly slaughtered. However, I think sometimes we need to be confronted with reality to help us understand the consequences of our actions.

    Certainly, it’s much easier for people to dehumanize an unborn child by thinking of it as a lump of cells, an embryo, or a fetus, as they rationalize their options and decisions.

    Fortunately, thanks to “Mother Nature,” only the strong survive.

  2. Sam D said

    I don’t have any desire to see those images either.

    But let me make this very clear, I didn’t point this out to pass any judgment on people who are pro or anti abortion. Rather, I’m concerned by a government that would decide that adults should not be allowed to see such images on the internet.

    The images are certainly offensive to some people, both pro-choice and pro-life. Similarly, the manner of presentation and the opinions expressed are going to upset some people. Some might even argue that the website seeks to be misleading with regard to the reality of abortion.

    But none of those factors are good enough reason to stop responsible adults from viewing such images and reading such opinions.

  3. Websinthe said

    I just love the hypocrisy. They black-list these images yet year after year they promote increasingly graphic carnage on prime time television as Police campaigns against drink driving and speeding.

    After offending the eyes of people everywhere, ministers like Judy Spence then hold a press conference patting herself on the back for how seriously they’re taking it.

    How is it appropriate for children to see gangrenous feet and horrendous car accidents but not a bikini? While we panic about sexualising children the Government seems content to traumatise them.

  4. A-mak said

    I find this whole blacklist a JOKE. A waste of my tax money.

    Notice that the site is very informative on pro-life viewpoint on abortions? The ONLY offensive page was that one yet they decided to ban the whole site?

    If you don’t like it, don’t view it. It’s as simple as that. But I guess since we don’t have freedom of speech any more big brother are going to be laying their opinion on what is good and what is not.

  5. […] Fehler in den Zensurlisten hinweisen. Die ACMA geht damit erstaunlich dreist um: Sie sagen einfach, der Inhalt der Webseite könnte "möglicherweise verboten" sein , was ein grelles Licht auf die Rechtsstaatlichkeit dieser Zensurverfahren wirft. Das Gesetz in […]

  6. zynga said

    i was starting to consider i could possibly end up being the only human being which cared about this, at least at present i know im not loony 🙂 i am going to be sure to have a look at a few additional threads after i get a little caffeine in me, it is not easy to read without having my coffee, I was really late last evening practicing myspace poker and after polishing off a few beers i finished up giving up all my facebook poker chips take care 🙂

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