Nationwide Protests Against E-TV Porn Tomorrow - 16 January 2008

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Christians To Call For Broadcasting Code to Be Tightened in Protests Outside E-TV Studios Tomorrow

Christian Action Network affiliates and members of Christians for Truth will be protesting and praying outside the e-TV studios in Cape Town (Darters Road, CBD) and Durban (214 Ninth Avenue, Morningside) tomorrow (17 January) at 12:30. Other protests are to follow in Bloemfontein and Johannesburg in March.

International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network, Taryn Hodgson, says, “It is shameful and shocking that the current Broadcasting Code allows for pornography to be screened on national television as long as it is after the watershed period and there are sufficient warnings. We are extremely concerned about the sexually explicit programming and films on all TV channels.

“First and foremost pornography violates God’s Law.

“Furthermore, the new Sexual Offences Act has broadened the definition of pornography by including the following clause: “showing … parts of the body, of that person in a manner …which …violates or offends the sexual integrity or dignity of that person or…is capable of being used for the purposes of violating or offending the sexual integrity or dignity of that person.”

“Section 19 of the Act states, “A person who unlawfully and intentionally exposes or displays or causes the exposure or display of any image, publication, depiction, description or sequence of pornography…to a child is guilty of the offence of exposing or displaying pornography to a child.”

“Both Safeline and the Teddybear Clinic have counseled children who have watched these films. Some of these children have even sexually abused other children as a result. A support group leader for ex-porn addicts, says that some men have to unplug their TVs in order not to be tempted to watch these pornographic films.

“It is completely irresponsible and now, it appears illegal for e-TV to continue screening such exploitative films, as well as for ICASA to have such a lenient Broadcasting Code. We call for all sexually explicit programming to be removed from national television and for the Broadcasting Code to be tightened. ICASA must change the Code to be in line with the Sexual Offences Act.”

CAPE TOWN CONTACT: International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network, Taryn Hodgson on 072 215 4801 or 021-689 4480, E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

DURBAN CONTACT: Christians for Truth, 032- 481 5512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.cft.org.za.

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa [email protected] - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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