A list of websites deemed to contain pornographic images of children has been leaked to the public. The newspaper Savon Sanomat reports that a list of some 800 web addresses put together by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was available
online for about a week.
However police have been under fire because the list also contains several harmless sites. The list still includes the critical Finnish anti-censorship site lapisporno.info.
The NBI says the party responsible for leaking the list of websites could face charges of distributing child pornography.
Finnish Minister for Justice, Anna-Maja Henriksson, is backing extending Finland's current pornography censorship to move beyond child pornography.
Under current Finnish law, the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) maintains a blocklist of foreign sourced child pornography websites, as it cannot take direct action against them. Specifically, the Minister eyes expanding the list to involve
websites that include pornographic material showing animals, and violent porn.
The idea does not have unanimous support even within the Finnish government, however. Finland's Interior Minister, Paivi Rasanen, doubts the need to expand pornographic censorship at all. Indeed, even Finland's own child pornography blocklist
has, in the past, included websites that had nothing to do with such vile content.
To most people, animal porn also would be distasteful, if not downright sick, but does the spread of those kinds of videos or images demand the same special censorship enforcement afforded to child pornography?
Where the proposal would raise most questions however, is the inclusion of violent pornography. Who decides what violent pornography is?