BREAKING NEWS: INDIA BANS INTERNET PORN

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Fight the New Drug’s mission is to educate and raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography using science, facts, and personal accounts. Rather than arguing a religious perspective or taking a political response, we just want to get the information out there and inform people about the many harms of porn. We hope this will decrease the demand for pornography in our society and at least allow people to make an informed decision regarding the issue.

This week, India made international headlines when it decided to make that decision for the country as a whole. The Indian government enacted a countrywide ban on internet porn and supplied internet companies with a list of 850+ porn sites to deny access to.

“We have written to the ISPs (internet service providers) to restrict free and open access to 857 websites. This direction is based on the observations made by the honourable Supreme Court on 10 July and using section 79 (3b) of the IT Act read with Article 19 (2) of the Indian constitution,” telecom ministry spokesperson N.N. Kaul told HuffPost India.

This section of this IT Act requires internet companies to block access to content when demanded by the government. Many here in America are probably thinking to themselves,well what about people’s rights? Well, India’s constitution contains articles that allow “reasonable restrictions” on freedom of speech.

After a long legal process of complaints about pornographic content being allowed in the country, government leaders in India grew tired of a “lethargic approach” to the issue and set their sights on a ban of porn sites that includes major sites like Pornhub. The list also contains several torrenting/piracy sites that can be used to download porn.

Some lawyers argued that the ban is a violation of the Indian people’s right to personal liberty and that anyone over the age of 18 should not be barred from “watching it within the four walls of my room.” However, the government argued that the sites they are banning were chosen carefully and were ones that either were a gateway to child porn or that displayed annoying ads leading people to their site.

While we as an organization don’t necessarily agree with taking away freedoms, we also know that unlimited access to pornography is never a good idea. Whether you agree with the Indian government or not, the porn industry just took a hit—at least in India.

2 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: INDIA BANS INTERNET PORN

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  2. http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/aug/05/india-lifts-ban-on-internet-pornography-after-criticisms At least their still banning the bad stuff though!

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