Iceland's plan to ban Internet porn sparks uproar

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Iceland’s plan to ban print, Internet pornography sparks uproar

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Can a thoroughly wired country become a porn-free zone? Authorities in Iceland want to find out.

The government of the tiny North Atlantic nation is drafting plans to ban pornography, in print and online, in an attempt to protect children from a tide of violent sexual imagery.

The proposal by Interior Minister Ogmundur Jonasson has caused an uproar. Opponents say the move will censor the Web, encourage authoritarian regimes and undermine Iceland’s reputation as a Scandinavian bastion of free speech.

Iceland’s government insists it is not setting out to sweep away racy magazines or censor sex. The ban would define pornography as material with violent or degrading content. Pornography is already banned in Iceland, and has been for decades — but the term is not defined, so the law is not enforced.

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