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LA/Backlash Release on "Violent" Porn Ban

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  • Dr Sean Gabb
    NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE In Association with the Libertarian International In Association with Backlash Release Date: Tuesday 6th October
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2007
      In Association with the Libertarian International
      In Association with Backlash
      Release Date: Tuesday 6th October 2007
      Release Time: Immediate

      Contact Details:
      Dr Sean Gabb (Libertarian Alliance Director), 07956 472 199,
      Deborah Hyde (Backlash) 07960 171 951, info@...
      Derek Cohen (Backlash) 07970 988 425
      For other contact and link details, see the foot of this message
      Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr056.htm


      With the full support of the Libertarian Alliance, Backlash's Deborah
      Hyde will argue tonight that anti-porn laws ignore the evidence about the
      use and impact of pornography, infantilise women and bring legal systems
      into disrepute.

      As part of the debate at Trinity College Law Society in Dublin, Ms Hyde
      will criticise the British Government's new Criminal Justice and
      Immigration Bill. This seeks to criminalise the possession of so-called
      and vaguely defined "extreme pornography".
      She will say:

      "When a government says there is no evidence a new law is needed, when
      there is no evidence of harm and when the purpose of the law is to tell
      MPs itÂ’s OK to impose their own personal morality on the population, we
      need to be worried,"
      She will add that the main proponents of current proposals use incendiary
      language and unproven, anecdotal evidence to try to justify the law. This
      language also denigrates law-abiding citizens who are harming no-one,
      limits their freedom and stigmatises their sexuality - all despite there
      being no evidence of harm to others.

      Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, says:

      "It is no business of the authorities in a free country to police the
      imagination. If these proposals become law, they will be another weapon
      in the arsenal of the police state built up in this country since 1979.
      We stand wholeheartedly with Deborah Hyde and everyone in Backlash to
      oppose them."

      The Libertarian Alliance believes:

      * That what consenting adults do with each other on their own property is
      their own business;
      * That if these consenting adults wish to publish any of this to other
      consenting adults, that also is their own business;
      * That there should be no laws against the possession of any text or
      image, such laws being against the historic Constitution of England and
      being an excuse for an already corrupt police force to fabricate evidence;
      * That the one legitimate function of the criminal justice system is to
      protect life and property.


      Note(s) to Editors

      Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His new book,
      Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How
      to Get It Back, is published on the 25th July 2007 and may be downloaded
      for free from http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3. His other books are available
      from Hampden Press at http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.
      He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

      Extended Contact Details:

      The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil
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      and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms.
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      Associated Organisations

      Backlash - http://www.backlash-uk.org.uk - is an ally of the Libertarian
      Alliance in opposing moves to censor explicitly sexual material.
      The Libertarian International - http://www.libertarian.to - is a sister
      organisation to the Libertarian Alliance. Its mission is to coordinate
      various initiatives in the defence of individual liberty throughout the

      Sean Gabb's personal website - http://www.seangabb.co.uk - contains about
      a million words of writings on themes interesting to libertarians and
      Hampden Press - http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.- the publishing house of
      the Libertarian Alliance.

      Liberalia - http://www.liberalia.com - maintained by by LA Executive
      member Christian Michel, Liberalia publishes in-depth papers in French
      and English on libertarianism and free enterprise. It is a prime source
      of documentation on these issues for students and scholars.
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