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Release Date: Tuesday 2nd October 2007
Release Time: Immediate
Dr Sean Gabb (Libertarian Alliance Director), 07956 472 199, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Derek Cohen (Backlash) 07970 988 425
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Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr056.htm
LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE JOINS DENUNCIATION OF WAR ON “VIOLENT” PORNOGRAPHY
With the full support of the Libertarian Alliance, Backlash’s Deborah Hyde will argue tonight that anti-porn laws ignore the evidence about the use and impact of pornography, infantilise women and bring legal systems into disrepute.
As part of the debate at Trinity College Law Society in Dublin, Ms Hyde will criticise the British Government’s new Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill. This seeks to criminalise the possession of so-called and vaguely defined “extreme pornography”.
She will say:
“When a government says there is no evidence a new law is needed, when there is no evidence of harm and when the purpose of the law is to tell MPs it’s OK to impose their own personal morality on the population, we need to be worried,”
She will add that the main proponents of current proposals use incendiary language and unproven, anecdotal evidence to try to justify the law. This language also denigrates law-abiding citizens who are harming no-one, limits their freedom and stigmatises their sexuality – all despite there being no evidence of harm to others.
Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, says:
“It is no business of the authorities in a free country to police the imagination. If these proposals become law, they will be another weapon in the arsenal of the police state built up in this country since 1979. We stand wholeheartedly with Deborah Hyde and everyone in Backlash to oppose them.”
The Libertarian Alliance believes:
* That what consenting adults do with each other on their own property is their own business;
* That if these consenting adults wish to publish any of this to other consenting adults, that also is their own business;
* That there should be no laws against the possession of any text or image, such laws being against the historic Constitution of England and being an excuse for an already corrupt police force to fabricate evidence;
* That the one legitimate function of the criminal justice system is to protect life and property.
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