Australian Government censorship of US anti-abortion site, 21 Jan 2009

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March 15, 2009

In response to a complaint about a US anti-abortion site showing photographs ( ) of what appears to be aborted fetuses, ACMA has declared the page prohibited or potential prohibited content.

ACMA issued Bulletproof Networks, the host of Whirlpool, Australia's most popular Internet discussion forum, with a notice to remove a link to the page, or face fines up to $11,000 per day. The link was removed.

The issue is politically important in Australia due to a forthcoming mandatory national internet filtering scheme, which will use a secret list, based on ACMA, to censor access to such pages across the country.

Senator Stephen Conroy, the government minister behind the censorship scheme has stated "There is no political content banned in the existing Broadcasting Services Act."

The page, and the links to it, were banned, likely under the basis of their graphic nature. But as it is clear in this case, as well as the familiar photos of war or police abuse, graphic images have political consequences.

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