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Baroness Howe tables Private Member’s Bill

Posted by Babatunde Onabajo on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at 14:55

Baroness Howe has tabled a private member's bill seeking to broaden the definition of what is classified as extreme pornography.

Baroness Howe tables Private Member’s Bill

Baroness Howe, a crossbencher and life peer in the House of Lords, has tabled a private member's bill demanding a broadening of the definition of what constitutes “extreme pornography” in the 2017 Digital Economy Act. She advocates defining “extreme pornography” to include videos that either wholly or partly portray scenes that were “produced solely or principally for the purposes of sexual arousal” and did not receive a certificate from the video works authority because it did not believe there was a suitable classification certificate. The amendment would extend to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

As a private members’ bill, it is unlikely to become law, but the initiative does maintain the Baroness’ campaign of pressure on the government in this area.

 

You can read the private member’s bill here.

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