Pornography - An Argument For Censorship
The Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Bill 1992 has once again focused public attention on the issues of the desirability and implementation of censorship law in New Zealand. With these issues of censorship, which have been recognised by New Zealand judges to raise notoriously difficult questions of social policy,' academics have traditionally favoured the freedom of circulation side of the case. My own personal view once was that the dangers of censorship outweighed the dangers of pornography, but study of the various Commissions of Inquiry and researchers in the area has persuaded me otherwise. Hence, the purpose of this article is not to examine in detail either the criteria or the mechanics of the new legislation, which is assured of enactment, but to show why I believe that the Classification Office and Board of Review, when making classification decisions in the future, should reflect current community standards demanding strong censorship.