The deputy chief censor wants the Government to put more options on the table for regulating online pornography.
In an article for the censor’s website deputy chief censor Jarred Mullen detailed the harm that increasingly extreme pornography that can cause – and outlined some possible steps towards regulating it.
These steps could include an ISP level ban where pornography viewers have to ‘opt in’ to viewing pornographic content – similar to that of the United Kingdom’s.The call comes as the pornography world is still reeling after high profile male star James Deen was accused of raping several female costars.
‘Given New Zealand’s acknowledged problems with sexual and family violence and the demonstrated harm caused by pornography that degrades, dehumanises and demeans people (particularly women) – the choice for Government and regulators, must be about how far we are willing to intervene — rather than whether we are prepared to intervene at all’ he wrote.
Current censorship law which dates back to 1993 already bans certain types of pornography including anything containing ‘the use of violence or coercion to compel any person to participate in or submit to sexual conduct’ and ‘the use of urine or excrement in association with degrading or dehumanising conduct or sexual conduct’.
Censors also look at whether the pornography ‘degrades or dehumanises or demeans any person’ but this does not necessarily result in a ban.
The censor’s office reviews every DVD released in New Zealand as well as anything customs seize at the border – but their control over online market is essentially non-existent.