Parliament must balance rights around porn: lawyer

cfilorux

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2010
Messages
862
Freedom to abuse

“The notion that a body, even one in the Constitution like Icasa, is to decide what is in the public interest, is anathema to freedom of expression,” he said.
Comments like this are not in the public interest. It is in the public interest that every statutory body know their job and protect the public interest. ICASA should be protecting the public interest, and is failing to do so. This is not new for ICASA.

Should freedom of expression extend to the foreign producers of pornography in which foreign women are abused by foreign men? Should it be extended to other foreign acts? Why should their foreign expression be extended to our homes?
 
Last edited:

Valerion

Expert Member
Joined
Oct 13, 2003
Messages
1,915
Comments like this are not in the public interest. It is in the public interest that every statutory body know their job and protect the public interest. ICASA should be protecting the public interest, and is failing to do so. This is not new for ICASA.

Should freedom of expression extend to the foreign producers of pornography in which foreign women are abused by foreign men? Should it be extended to other foreign acts? Why should their foreign expression be extended to our homes?
Does the same apply to foreign series, news and films? Can I also have that banned, in favour of local-only content?

What about locally-produced porn?
 

garp

Executive Member
Joined
Aug 2, 2004
Messages
7,242
It seems these days every other TV show is in a competition to outdo the other with graphic depictions of gruesome violence. So why is it okay to bombard us with images of extreme violence and painful death but sex is not okay? IMHO should be the other way round.
 

cfilorux

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 28, 2010
Messages
862
Does the same apply to foreign series, news and films? Can I also have that banned, in favour of local-only content?

What about locally-produced porn?
No, you cannot ban anything, because you are a disenfranchised middle class person. Locally produced porn will run into difficulties with local labour law. Compliance with local labour law is difficult even for non-hazardous and non-harmful enterprises. South Africa is not the ideal place to legally produce porn.
 
Last edited:

Paul Hjul

Honorary Master
Joined
Aug 31, 2006
Messages
14,902
Comments like this are not in the public interest. It is in the public interest that every statutory body know their job and protect the public interest. ICASA should be protecting the public interest, and is failing to do so. This is not new for ICASA.

Should freedom of expression extend to the foreign producers of pornography in which foreign women are abused by foreign men? Should it be extended to other foreign acts? Why should their foreign expression be extended to our homes?
You are projecting a lot of mythology and bull**** onto your argument here.

The determinant of the public interest is always best served by a judicial determination or by means of statute, ICASA must act in the public interest as shaped by the Constitution and the law. The freedom of adults to take off their clothes and perform sex acts and to record those sex acts is a very important freedom, as is the right to watch same sex acts in the privacy of your own home. To deny such freedom on spurious alleged public interest grounds is to deprive human beings of basic dignity in the name of hypocrisy.

If there is a single shred of evidence of abuse in the manufacturing process of any particular content that is to be on the air in this country then act on that, but to outright make a claim that by its nature pornography is produced as abuse is horribly out of sync with all scientific discourse on the subject and is predicated on a terribly misguided premise of abuse.

Therefore, if for example if it surfaces that any content featuring Christy Mack (who is a victim of domestic abuse) is tied to compulsion at the threat of violence of her former boyfriend then by all means pull it from SA air and video stores - lodge a written statement of a human rights violation with ODM and the major adult video stores in SA and see how they react.
 
Top