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Internet ‘filtering’ was always the thin edge of the wedge (part 4)

Wed. 29 Apr. 2015

In light of my previous three News items, and especially the last one, which dealt with an incident we’re more used to associating with East Germany pre-1989 than with the United Kingdom in 2015, I’ve been reconsidering my policy on certain images that from time to time might accompany one of my News items.

So, as a conscious act of protest in the face of an increasing regime of legally enforced internet censorship in the UK, it is with regret that I’m announcing the beginning of my self-censoring of images on my site. As part of ongoing protest action, I will still upload what I consider to be an appropriate image, but if it falls within a certain category of explicitness, it will be (very conspicuously) pre-censored by myself. I did, in fact, begin this process last Wednesday, 22 April, when I censored the image accompanying Ramping up the activities – please take a look because there’s going to be a lot more of this from hereon. (These censored images exclusively concern men, mostly examples of my practice of CBT – images that, I should have thought, would be a cause of feminist celebration, if not that of moralists.)

While my images are not what reasonable people would regard as pornography, and I don’t produce or host video of any kind or deal in commercial imagery in any way, I’d like to close by quoting Myles “Obscenity Lawyer” Jackman, who has played a key role in some landmark legal victories in the area of obscenity law and sexual freedoms. Unfortunately, as he suggests in one of his blog items, there’s a long way to go:

“Pornography is the canary in the coalmine of free speech: it is the first freedom to die. If this assault on liberty is allowed to go unchallenged, other freedoms will fall as a consequence.” (Myles Jackman, “The following content is not acceptable”; also “Pornography is the canary in the coalmine of free speech”.)

And for that incident that resembles East Germany circa 1980 rather than the United Kingdom of last week, see my News item Internet ‘filtering’ was always the thin edge of the wedge (part 3).

Mistress Geo