Wikileaks released banned child porn websites

Wikinews reported that Wikileaks released a list of websites that were banned in Denmark, some of which are child pornography sites, citing that the system used to filter out child pornography in Denmark “can be used to censor anything”.

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Wikileaks was asked why they included the child pornography sites in the list and only release the other sites…”Wikileaks felt ‘that would not be a fair representation of the material [Wikileaks] obtained.’ After seeking clarification, Wikinews was told ‘the question is not what we need to be told. The question is what we need not to be told and who decides. Secret censorship systems are unaccountable and dangerous.” In other words, Wikileaks is justifying the inclusion of child pornography websites in the list on the principles that censorship systems act as gatekeepers and that withholding of information from the public is undemocratic.

Wikileaks added:

“As an analogy, one might argue that everyone should have a loaded gun in the house to protect themselves against home invasions. This seems perfectly reasonable; however experience has shown that once the gun is in the house, it will find other targets.”

I don’t like this analogy. I can understand that there is a danger in allowing a censorship system to exist (slippery slope). I can support the kind of release of a list of banned sites, such as the one that Wikileaks produced; however, I cannot support it if contains the child pornography websites. Releasing a list of child pornography websites creates publicity and can lead to the unintentional proliferation of those sites such as in this case.

Furthermore, I don’t believe anyone should have the ‘right’ to view child pornography (in fact its illegal in Canada). I think it is a good idea to censor child pornography as it promotes the destruction of the lives, ability to grow, and innocence of the most vulnerable in our society.

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