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Sun Advice Columnist Advised MPs On UK Porn-Block Plans 118

Posted by timothy
from the our-shenanigans-are-cheeky-and-fun dept.
nk497 writes "The first official expert witness in an inquiry into network-level filtering of porn was a Sun advice columnist called Dear Deidre. A group of MPs has been pushing to censor the UK web to prevent children from seeing porn, but reading the full report reveals the weakness of the evidence. It also features Dear Deidre defending the topless model on Page 3 of her own newspaper, saying, 'the Editor of The Sun thinks it's okay' and 'nine million people read it.'"
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Sun Advice Columnist Advised MPs On UK Porn-Block Plans

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  • I can't even (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Severus Snape (2376318) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @09:02AM (#39732939)
    The fucking hypocrisy. The same newspaper that uses the third page as a beacon of nudity. Why do our MP's even want to hear what she has to say? Britain is screwed.
  • Never buy the sun... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 19, 2012 @09:03AM (#39732947)

    Clearly the Sun is the bastion of good morals:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBh2oAvsSSc

  • by benjfowler (239527) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @09:18AM (#39733057)

    Don't take what these muppets say too seriously. The Sun and its ilk (the UK's so called "red tops") are read by people of a reading age of about 9 -- about the bottom quartile of the population. And the people who write for these papers aren't the brightest bunnies either.

    The trouble with living in an open society, is that people of very low intelligence and moral character are also citizens, and are also entitled to exercise their freedom of speech. Brighter minds should (but often don't) discount what they say and think accordingly.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 19, 2012 @09:31AM (#39733143)

    As a kid I can remember the Sun running non topless pictures of their 15 year old models in the run up to their 16th Birthday when they could go topless! That must make Sun readers TERRORPEADOS!!! Or have they all forgotten things like that?

  • by Opportunist (166417) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @09:44AM (#39733267)

    Really, I had a good laugh, then I noticed that the 1st had already passed and that this is supposed to be, like, for real.

    First, page 3. 'nuff said.

    Second, their generally, shall we say, shady reporting practice? I would call it "sensationalist", but I fear the outcry of sensationalist newspapers getting pissed of being lumped in the same category as the Sun.

    The Sun as the moral guide. That's akin to electing a pimp as pope.

  • Re:Censorship (Score:5, Interesting)

    by L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) on Thursday April 19, 2012 @09:58AM (#39733403)

    If we're worried about kids emulating what they see on the internet then what about the sites with videos of the Taliban cutting people's heads off?

    "We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won't allow them to write "fuck" on their airplanes because it's obscene." - Walter Kurtz, Apocalypse Now!

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