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Icelandic women take up fight to ban Internet porn

RAGING ISSUE:A change in government has fueled a fight between those who want to see access to Internet porn blocked and the defenders of freedom of speech

The Guardian, REYKJAVIK

The move to introduce measures to limit porn was started by those working with women and children, who argued that it was having a negative impact on the sexual behavior of young people. It is these grassroots groups who insist the fight against porn is not over, despite their disappointment that measures were not introduced before the election of the new government, which they acknowledge is unlikely to push through legislation.

Guorun Jonsdottir, a spokeswoman for Stigamot, a center that helps victims of sexual violence, said: “It would make my life so much easier not to fight porn, but I have to. Why should we allow unfettered misogyny, images of rape? The argument is that we need to ban porn because it hurts our children, and that is true, but it also needs to be stopped because it is hate speech and violence against women, and affects people’s relationships.”

She said that the group would in due course be writing to all new members of parliament to talk to them about the porn ban.

“Of course the fight will continue,” she said.

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