The ITC has decided that they are above the law and can
get Adult X, a satellite porn channel, banned on grounds of taste and decency. Human
Rights legislation says that material can only be banned on grounds of harm and that claim
of harm must be justified. Of course we will now have to see if the Government
colludes with this corruption of our rights and implements the ban.
Their press release reads as follows:
The ITC has decided that the foreign satellite channel, Adult X, is an unacceptable
service under the terms of the Broadcasting Act 1990. The Commission has recommended that
the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport make a proscription order to ban the
marketing and sale of the service in the UK.
Commission members concluded that Adult X (also known as Adult+), which appears to
be based in France, is unacceptable on the grounds that it repeatedly contains material
which offends against good taste and decency. The output of the channel consists almost
entirely of unacceptable pornography.
To recommend a proscription order, the ITC has to be persuaded that such an order
would be effective, i.e. that trade for the service exists within the UK and that an order
would prevent such trade. The ITC is aware of active steps to make the service available
to viewers in the United Kingdom, with smart cards and subscriptions being advertised for
sale and revenue being generated.
Section 177 of the Broadcasting Act 1990 allows for the Secretary of State to make
a proscription order for a foreign satellite service, the effect of which is to make it a
criminal offence to supply any equipment for use in connection with the operation of the
service; to supply programme material or arrange for its supply; to place advertisements
in the service; to publish any programme details of the service; and to supply or offer to
supply any decoding equipment enabling the programmes to be received.
The ITC sent a letter notifying the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
of its recommendation that the Adult X Channel should be the subject of a proscription
order on 6 March 2000