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Why won't Pat Rabbitte do more to help parents protect children?

Published 26/07/2013 | 05:00

Pat Rabbitte: a reluctance to return to censorship seems to be his motive
Pat Rabbitte: a reluctance to return to censorship seems to be his motive

Pat Rabbitte is not ruling out requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to make it harder for children to access porn, but he is not ruling it in either. Why won't he do more to help parents protect their children from the extreme, hardcore porn that is so readily available via PCs, smartphones and tablets?

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His column in this paper the other day gave a clue. His reluctance appears to stem from a sort of knee-jerk liberalism – somehow, he thinks making porn harder for children to access will bring us back to the bad old days of censorship.

He wrote: "We have a less than proud history of censorship, and of a quasi-authoritarian approach to the State exercising absolute authority in determining people's access to information on a wide range of issues, particularly where human sexuality is concerned. Any move that harks at regression must be examined carefully."

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