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Pirate Party amends manifesto on child porn

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 13 Aug 2010, 15:12

Published: 13 Aug 2010 15:12 GMT+02:00

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"We have absolutely no interest in people watching child pornography, it is about defending basic legal principles," said party vice-chairperson Anna Troberg.

According to the updated manifesto, the party is now against "the production, spread and possession of 'documented sexual abuse' of children. The party does not want cartoons to be criminalized or that there be a risk for holiday photos of family's naked children to be considered child pornography.

The party has not however developed a clear definition of what pictures of sexual abuse would be, for example if an adult has to be present.

"We will have to look at that. But it can not be a matter of children in a bikini in an Ellos catelogue," Troberg said.

Troberg argued that the party never had the intention of allowing possession of pictures depicting real children exposed to assault, but fear that current legislation can lead to legal inconsistencies and the limitation of other information on the internet.

The Local reported last week that Pirate Party chairperson Rick Falkvinge had been forced to retract comments in a radio interview taken to mean that the party advocated the legalization of the possession of child pornography.

The party later distanced itself from the comments, with Anna Troberg telling The Local that the Pirate Party wants to see legal resources directed at tackling "real child pornography" and to stop making criminals of large numbers of other innocent people.

"The current law is wasting resources chasing pretend criminals and should be focusing on real child pornography, with real children involved, not manga comics, holiday pictures and so on," she said.

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The current law on child pornography was passed in 1999 and was last updated as late as July 1st 2010 to cover "systematically viewing".

The law covers even drawings of fictional characters and has come into focus in recent months following the conviction of a well-known Swedish translator of manga comics for possession of drawings depicting children engaged in sexual acts.

TT/Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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16:09 August 13, 2010 by eZee.se

"The current law is wasting resources chasing pretend criminals and should be focusing on real child pornography, with real children involved, not manga comics, holiday pictures and so on," she said.

Common sense.

Sadly, "common sense" is not really common in Swedish law.
09:34 August 14, 2010 by Wertyx
So according to the current law, I am a criminal and a pedophile because I took pictures of my baby girl splashing around in her bath?...

It's consternating to see that most of the time people making laws don't really know what they are talking about and/or don't think it through and consider all the implications of the texts.
12:52 August 14, 2010 by AbeBird
So Sweden is hot of a hell in Paradise ?! (-:
15:42 August 16, 2010 by unhappy camper of the saints
I do not know the laws or custom in Sweden regarding this subject but it strikes me as very strange that any body may publish the foto of a brutally killed bloody body but that a cartoon of a naked child is an evil act that MUST result in prison
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