Iceland Seeks to Ban Print, Online Pornography

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The government of Iceland wants to block pornography in print and online. Their main goal is to protect children from violent, hardcore, sexual imagery.

Pornography has been banned for decades in Iceland, but it was not clearly defined, so the law is not enforced.

The new proposals look for methods to uphold that existing law. One route involves a national Internet filter.

"Iceland is going to be the first country with the guts to stand up to these predatory bullies from L.A. (in the porn industry)," said Gail Dines, author of the book Pornland. "It is going to take one country to show that this is possible."

Opponents say the ban won't work and that it will eliminate freedoms of expression.

But Halla Gunnarsdottir, political adviser to Iceland's interior minister, said, "Is it freedom of speech to be able to reach children with very hardcore, brutal material? Is that the freedom of speech we want to protect?"

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