A couple of weeks ago I was one of many to send an email to all members of the EU parliament voicing my outrage at the proposal at the proposal by femihag Kartika Liotard to have porn banned throughout the continent.
There was speculation that all emails on the subject to the MEPs had been blocked, but my message to Chris Davies, the Liberal Democrat MEP for North West England, evidently did get through, because I was surprised to receive a (presumably generic) reply from him in my inbox the other day :
Thank you for your email regarding the Own Initiative Report by Dutch MEP Kartika Liotard (European United Left – Nordic Green Left) entitled “Eliminating Gender Stereotypes in the EU”.
As you are probably aware, any reference in the Report to a ban of pornography in the media was removed. Liberal Democrat MEPs made it clear that while gender stereotypes are often deeply unhelpful, calling for any ban on pornography was illiberal, impractical and very much out of the question. My colleagues and I supported a number of amendments, in particular one that removed any suggestion of a ban.
Some of the information you might have been given about the report is not true. It was what is called an “Own Initiative Report”, which means it is not legislative, and was proposed by one MEP and discussed in one committee. Even if this Report had not been amended by Liberal Democrat and other MEPs it would not have changed the law, but served merely as a recommendation to the European Commission in advance of any relevant future legislation.
I sympathise entirely with any concern that there was an effort to block emails to MEPs from their constituents. My understanding is that for around 15 minutes the European Parliament was not able to receive any emails as a result of the volume of incoming communication from campaigners on this subject. If nothing else, this shows the strength of feeling that this misguided proposal caused.
I hope you will let us know if you would like more information on the Report or on European Parliament procedure, but please note that I must prioritise communicating with my own constituents from the North West of England that have provided a full postal address in their e-mail. You can find your own MEPs here.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me. If you are interested in civil liberties, and want to know more about what I am doing on this and other subjects, please drop by my website and fill in my survey here.
Chris Davies MEP
Liberal Democrat MEP for the
North West of England
Although porn may be safe for now, femihag Kartika Liotard did succeed with the proposal to criminalize ‘the sexualisation of girls’ (or rather, to anyone who understands the basic concept and reality of puberty, the artificial forced Stalinist de-sexualisation of post pubescent teenage girls, motivated purely through sexual jealousy).