May 24, 2008

Singapore bans two porn websites...

Reuters - Saturday, May 24

SINGAPORE - Singapore has banned access to two pornographic websites in a "symbolic statement" of the country's societal values, its media regulator said on Friday.

The two sites, which the regulator declined to identify but local media named as YouPorn and RedTube, work in a similar fashion to popular video-sharing website YouTube. The two Web sites allow users to add and download sex videos.

"It should be noted that the hardcore pornographic videos posted on these sites are very easily accessible by the young as each video will start streaming for free once a user clicks on the related link," said Jason Hoong, an official from the Media Development Authority .

The sites, which were banned after the authorities received feedback from the public, are the latest additions to a list of 100 "mass impact objectionable" pornographic websites banned in Singapore.

Singapore, which disallows the possession, distribution and making of pornographic films, defends its action as necessary to protect the young.

Online responses to a local media report on the ban have been unfavorable, with users condemning it as unnecessarily moralistic.

"I will definitely surf the Internet by proxy from now on, to be defiant so as to preserve my rights," wrote one user.

(Reporting by Melanie Lee; Editing by Neil Chatterjee and Roger Crabb)

2 comments:

  1. I bet the guys who kicked up a "moral fuss" and banned those websites watches from it too... those hypocrites!!!

    So it seems that if i were to make my own sex tape, it's illegal, cos its the production of pornography? I think i'll classify mine under "fine art"... if i ever make mine............

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  2. I think so too! Isn't it always like that? I reckon everyone has watched porn at some time or another. Some of us just enjoy it more...

    Yea babe, making your own sex tape would be illegal. Even if it's for your own private collection. The thing is, nobody will know about it since it's private right?

    But we all know what can happen to private sex tapes. Look at R Kelly, Pamela Anderson, the local sex videos that are still being circulated via bluetooth, etc...

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