Sri Lanka Porn ban in deadlock

Tuesday, 8 June 2010 – 1:03AM SL Time

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) yesterday said they will not impose any regulation that would result in slowing down the internet speed, when The Nation contacted to inquire them the possibilities of banning people from accessing internet sites containing pornographic content through mobile phones.
The Police Women and Children s Bureau recently said they will negotiate with mobile telecommunication service providers in the country to prevent people from logging into porn sites as the Police have found out that people can even brows porn sites, which have already banned on internet, on mobile phones.
Meanwhile, Police sources said mobile telecommunication service providers agreed to extend their support to a suggestion of quelling the threat of porn sites in Sri Lanka, proposed by the Police Women and Children s Bureau at a meeting held on Friday evening, Police sources said yesterday.
This measure was aimed at protecting the children, the future of Sri Lanka while preserving the Sri Lankan culture, he added.

However, TRC Chairman Anusha Pelpita said he had not been informed in this regard so far. Even so, the Commission would object any decision that would result in slowing downing the internet speed, given that strenuous attempts are being made to introduce speedy broadband access to Sri Lanka at cheaper rates, he emphasised.
According to the Women and Child Bureau, porn sites easily accessible on personal computers and mobile phones are the prime cause for sex-related crimes, moral decadence and the desecration of the cultural purity in Sri Lanka.
Supposedly, two categories are adversely affected: The youth starting from 10 years of age till they get married, and the old staying at home after retirement.
The ideal way of combating the so-called menace would be to deny access whatsoever, following the footpaths of some of the Asian countries. The procedure would require filtering systems which may affect the speed of the network, the current situation badly needs repair, stressed the source. This project is still to be officially implemented as part of a mainstream task of cracking down the obscene, which started with the removal of billboards exhibiting exposed female bodies. Furthering this mission, the existent laws of punishment of six month-imprisonment and Rs.5,000 bail for the possession of the pornographic material would be proposed to be increased up to five years and Rs.100,000 respectively, the source said.

Source taken from: http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2010/6/57263.html

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