Porn TV will ‘pour fuel on fire of sexual abuse’

If a pornography channel on DStv were allowed, it would be like pouring fuel on the fire of sexual abuse and exploitation, the Christian Action Network of South Africa said.

The network’s international co-ordinator, Taryn Hodgson, said that considering the high incidence of rape, child abuse and sexual violence against women, it was unacceptable for DStv to introduce a porn channel.

“Should DStv introduce such a channel, they would be supporting those who exploit, objectify and degrade women,” she said. “Porn violates women’s constitutional rights to dignity and equality.”

Hodgson was responding to an article in a daily newspaper that reported that MultiChoice, the provider of pay-TV service DStv, had been inundated with requests for adult content.

MultiChoice’s general manager, Jackie Rakitla, was quoted as saying: “At this stage, we’re doing research to determine the extent of interest in porn, and we’re looking at the feasibility of implementing such a service.”

Hodgson hit back: “Many people who ignorantly believe there is no evidence that porn is harmful have imbibed the lies of the porn industry.”

She said these people had fallen for an industry that, with its massive financial resources, had funded public relations firms to establish “anti-censorship lobby groups” with a “freedom of speech” argument. “The family is the basic building block of society and it is suicidal for any society to tolerate such an exploitative industry,” Hodgson said.

The network has urged those of its affiliates who are DStv subscribers to fill in the channel’s online survey on the porn idea.

“If DStv goes ahead, the Christian Action Network will urge its affiliates to cancel their DStv subscriptions,” Hodgson said.

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