Latest Censorship in the United Kingdom Stories

2009-01-23 19:02:02

The owners of the popular New York radio station Z100 say Britney Spears's record label is providing them with an edited version of Spears's raunchy new single. The pop star's latest song If U Seek Amy has drawn criticism because it sounds like a vulgar sexual phrase when pronounced quickly, the New York Daily News said. We plan to play an edited, super-clean version, Tom Poleman, senior vice president of programming for Clear Channel, Z100's parent company, told the newspaper. We're just...

2008-12-08 12:54:45

Several Internet providers in the UK decided to block a Wikipedia page showing an image of a naked girl, angering many users of the site. The censored page shows an album cover of German heavy metal band Scorpions, released in 1976. After online watchdog the Internet Watch Foundation warned Wikipedia that the picture might be illegal, Internet providers acted to have it blocked. "It was a potentially illegal child sexual abuse image," IWF said. But some of the volunteers who run Wikipedia...

2008-10-24 12:15:00

Internet users are being asked to help find illegal and vulgar content online. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is launching an awareness crusade to alert many web users on how to report imagery showing minors being sexually abused. The promotion is a response to IWF research which notes that 77% of people who discover illegal information do not report it because they do not know how to. Advertisements, e-mails and pamphlets are being produced to teach people how to report the images....

2008-10-23 09:00:16

In preparation for IWF Awareness Day on October 24, 2008, Afilias has announced that it has become a member of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). This will increase Afilias' ability to be proactive in eliminating child pornography and sexual abuse content from the .INFO domain. "Afilias has focused on discovering methods, at the domain name registry level, to create a safer Internet environment in the .INFO domain," said Hal Lubsen, President and CEO of Afilias. "This year, we have been...

2008-10-16 09:00:12

TORONTO, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. today announced a contribution of $12,500 to the International Women's Forum of Canada (IWFC). The donation will provide a scholarship for a woman in the non-profit sector in Canada to participate in the IWF Leadership Foundation Fellows Program. The Fellows Program is the premier international leadership and executive development program for emerging women leaders around the world. Each year, the IWF Leadership Foundation selects...

2008-10-03 15:00:11

A man accused of blogging about the fictional rape and slaying of the pop group Girls Aloud is being prosecuted under Britain's Obscene Publications Act. The Daily Mail said the case involving Darryn Walker, a 35-year-old civil servant, is considered the first real test of the 1959 law since pornographic material has become widely available on the Internet. Walker is accused of posting a violence-themed article about the girl group on a fantasy porn Web site. Although the Web site has a...

2008-09-04 03:00:00

Regulatory News: In an effort to prevent the spreading of material containing child sexual abuse over the internet, TeliaSonera international Carrier today launched a free service allowing operators and Internet Service Providers the ability to deny their users access to web sites containing this type of material. TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) is a global provider of IP-services with a network spanning around the globe. A considerable amount of all internet traffic takes...

2008-08-04 00:00:14

By Amol Rajan VIOLENT SCENES in the latest Batman movie have prompted a record number of objections about its 12A certification. In The Dark Knight's first week of release, which coincides with the school holidays, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) received 70 complaints. The film's bloody content has surprised some cinema-goers with its gritty realism, compared to previous Batman films' cartoon style. The late Heath Ledger, playing Batman's wicked adversary The Joker,...

2008-07-28 09:00:48

By Margareta Pagano BUSINESS EDITOR Civil liberty groups claim the new "telecoms package" due to go before the European Parliament in September will result in the loss of individual freedom on the internet, and breach the fundamental principles of human rights in Europe. The French and Swedish pressure groups say the new powers will allow national governments to force internet service providers (ISPs) to hand over private information about their customers to the police. They claim three...

2008-07-08 18:00:14

By MARK SMITH A PENSIONER caught with a stash of child porn yesterday claimed an internet search site was to blame - for helping him find the images. William Dalgleish, 67, had more than 16,000 indecent pictures and movie clips on his computer when police swooped on his home. He admitted the offence when he appeared at the high court in Glasgow - but his lawyer said he was led astray by Google. Susan Duff said: "He feels he would not have committed these offences if this information...

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