The Top Shelf Report, commissioned by Labour MP Claire Curtis-Thomas, will next week recommend that popular men's magazines and newspapers such as the Daily Sport be given age-appropriate "16" and "18" certificates.
A nationwide investigation has revealed that newsagents across the UK are flouting current guidelines and displaying what are, in effect, adult magazines at the eye-level of children aged six to 15 – which has led to a government proposal that
they be subject to the same age classifications as films, with some titles off-limits to under-18s.
The display of lads' mags is currently governed by a voluntary code of practice drawn up by the Periodical Publishers Associations (PPA) and the Home Office, which recommends that retailers display them well above children's eye level and away
from children's titles or comics.
The report, which has cross-party support from MPs, points out that films screened or sold in the UK are classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and that TV broadcasters must adhere to a 9pm watershed that prevents
programmes unsuitable for under-18s being shown before this, yet nothing similar exists for the mainstream press.
Ben Todd, the editor of Zoo, said: We should be treated like a cheeky seaside postcard. In our case, the most revealing aspect is topless pictures, which is no more than you see in The Sun or the Daily Star. So, if any sort of age-restrictions
are going to be introduced, I'd expect them to include those papers, too.
The report recommends that the Daily Sport be given an "18" certificate due to the numerous adverts for prostitutes which it contains.
Despite the fast growth in popularity of downloadable pornography, the existence of porn magazines still stands strong.
With the minimum wage hovering around 144 baht a day, it comes as no surprise that as few as 20.5 per cent of Thais are Internet users, according to Internet World Stats. Although DVDs and downloadable clips are becoming more widespread, it is
merely among those who can afford such devices, and the demand for porn magazines is still there for those who cannot.
There is a broad range of porn magazines, from romance novels with sex scenes to hardcore porn, from heterosexual porn to homosexual porn. Her area of research is male-oriented heterosexual porn magazines for people in low-income brackets, which
turn out to be read not only by the poor.
There was something quite surprising when I researched pornography. In the US, low-end porn magazines actually do very well among middle- or upper-middle-class readers. It is a way of distancing themselves from the content and looking at the
experience as an adventurous exploration into an unknown land different from their everyday life.
Pornography is illegal in Thailand, with stronger legal enforcement during the past few years. But instead of wiping out porn magazines, such enforcement only forces porn magazines to survive through more discreet distribution. In a way, it is
like the Twilight Zone. They are still available at many newsstands, but they are just not openly displayed.
Nonetheless, dissemination of pornography is an offence subject to a range of other legal consequences, including three years' imprisonment, a 6,000 baht fine or both. For the sake of survival, porn magazines have been altered and camouflaged to
protect the publishers, as well as distributors. The cover is made less obvious. There is no printing year or address, to prevent the publishers from being traced back through the magazines.
Reporters Without Borders condemns a Brussels court ruling on 4 November ordering the weekly Humo to immediately withdraw all copies of its latest issue from sale on penalty of paying a fine of 250 euros for each copy left on sale.
The summary judgment was issued in response to an action brought by the federal police chief about a satirical photo-montage showing his head, and that of his secretary, super-imposed on naked bodies.
After the newspaper filed an appeal, the court put a ceiling of 25,000 euros on the fine.
We deplore the court's ruling and the disproportionate nature of the legal procedure used,” Reporters Without Borders said: Satire is by definition an inalienable part of freedom of expression. Morality and good taste cannot under any
circumstances justify media censorship in a country that belongs to the European Union.
The satirical section of Humo 's 4 November issue, called the Het Gat van de wereld (Backside of the world), had photomontages of federal police chief Fernand Koekelberg frolicking naked with his secretary, Sylvie Ricour, who had
been suspended after several newspapers suggested there was something irregular about the way she got the job - only to be reinstated on the orders of the Council of State.
Humo put a new version of the issue on sale today with a black strip across the cover page and the words Humo censored. Page 175 with the photomontages was kept, only now the photos were covered with a black strip and the word Censored.
More from the recent Australian Senate Estimates hearings. This time the full line up of pro-censorship loons, Joyce, McGauran, Barnett, and Fierravnti-Wells, waited in line to quiz the Classification Board.
Topics covered include the adult magazine ratings, community liaison officers, the classification of Art Monthly, the lack of an R18+ rating for games, and legal challenges to decisions of the Classification Board.
Particularly interesting is that Australian nutters are taking up a moral stance against the likes of Barely Legal, ie porn mags featuring young looking adults.
Hustler Europe has filed a constitutional complaint against a newly enacted section of German law that criminalizes sales and distribution of content depicting adult actors who show a youthful appearance.
The new law, section 184c of the German criminal code, went in effect November 5. It immediately affects the Barely Legal series produced by Larry Flynt Publications' company in Europe.
In the complaint filed with the Federal Constitutional Court, Hustler Europe alleges the law violates constitutionally protected rights to freedoms of opinion, occupation and property. It is asking the court to suspend the provision until it
reaches a final decision.
The Federal Constitutional Court will have to check whether §184c Criminal Code violates the constitutionally guaranteed freedom rights, Marko Dörre, Hustler Europe's attorney, said. We demand clear regulations for more legal
Hustler Europe Managing Director Helen Clyne told XBIZ it was ultimately about more than the affect on Barely Legal , a popular series both in the U.S. and in Europe.
Until the court rules, Hustler Europe is barred from distributing Barely Legal , Not the Brady XXX series and This Ain't the Munsters XXX.
It's not yet Halloween and the Guardian has been scaring people. There were more than 30 complaints last week about the Guide' s front page, which showed Big Brother presenter Davina McCall made up as a zombie for her part in Charlie
Brooker's TV series Dead Set . Blood covered her mouth, dripped down her neck and moistened her fingers, in which she held the bloody, wet and stringy human body part she was gnawing.
Dead Set will be broadcast at 10pm, after the television watershed. By contrast the Guide is available from early on Saturday mornings and, since it has the TV listings for the next seven days, it hangs around the living room all
A father of two children under 10 called the zombie front page a misjudgment. I'm all for journalism that challenges us and pushes us out of our comfort zones ...BUT... I have to question the merits of [the] cover image. Another
dad, who described himself as a great fan of all things zombie, enjoyed Brooker's piece inside the Guide, but didn't think the cover was suitable for his eight-year-old: Are you mad? A photo of a woman 'done up' as a zombie eating guts?
I tore it off and put it in the bin. I have a very high tolerance level but you crossed the line on this one I think. Four children complained in person.
The Guide 's editor told me the image was thought to be cartoonish enough not to be frightening, but he said that children didn't feature in the discussions about it before publication.
It's perhaps not surprising that some journalists regard images made for adult eyes as appropriate for publication without regard to their suitability for younger children. The Press Complaints Commission code of practice doesn't contain any
guidance on the subject and neither does the Guardian's own editorial code. The dominant view seems to be that newspapers are written by adults for adults and that parents must act as gatekeepers.
While it's reasonable to expect parents to be on the look-out for disturbing pictures in the main news pages, they can't really be expected to intercept everything the Guardian publishes. The Guide is about entertainment, not news, and
it's probable that young children will see its front page around the house all week. It's not good enough to say that a newspaper is not obliged to consider children when it puts an image on a cover they are highly likely to see. Wouldn't it be
better, as one journalist suggested, to think of front pages as before-the-watershed slots?
Anti-porn campaigner Margaret Forbes is urging fellow nutters to boycott supermarkets displaying lads' mags.
The one-woman crusader has already persuaded supermarket giants Morrisons to put men's magazines on the top shelves out of sight of children.
She is now calling on Tesco and Somerfield to follow and place men's mags like Nuts, Zoo, FHM and Loaded on shelves which are out of reach and sight of children.
She claimed: Magazines like these are just pornography and extremely degrading to women. I tried on a number of occasions to have them put on the top shelf where they belong but they didn't do it. But when I last spoke to the Express and said
I hoped fellow Buddies would join me in boycotting this supermarket they listened. I would encourage people to do the same at other supermarkets such as Tesco and Somerfield who have failed to listen.”
Forbes – who is a member of the Scottish Women Against Pornography group – said: The woman who pose in these magazines have a responsibility for their own actions. But I am not saying they shouldn't do what they do. Nor am I saying these shops
should not be selling them or people should not be allowed to buy them. But these magazines should not be on sale on the lower shelves where children can see them. Children should be protected from sexually explicit material.
These magazines send out a bad message to young boys. There is a definite link between soft porn and attacks on women.
A spokeswoman for Somerfield said: It is important to stress these are titles that have high readership levels of both men and women, are not classed as pornographic and are not subject to legal age restrictions. We are sensitive to the
feelings of many who are not comfortable with the depiction of women.”
A spokesman for Tesco's said: These Lads' mags are positioned towards the top tier of our magazine racks. We keep a close eye on our customers' views. But we are not receiving many complaints over this.
The Eros Foundation, Australia's adult industry trade association, has called on the Australian government to overhaul its mandatory nationwide classification system for publications.
Eros CEO Fiona Patten said that less than 5% of adult publications currently sold in Australia are classified and in many cases importers of adult magazines cannot afford the government's fees for classification.
The cost to classify a publication ranges from $400-$500. Patten said: Many adult publications are imported in small numbers. If an importer wants to bring in 10 copies of a specialist magazine they have to load the cover price of that
magazine by up to $40 just to recover the classification costs, so, clearly, they cannot comply with the law or they will go broke.
When more than one business imports the same publication, the company that classifies it first clears it for all companies. This makes many companies reluctant to pay the classification fees.
Patten said that in the past, explicit adult magazines were not classified but were only allowed to be sold from age restricted adult shops.
Censorship laws are inconsistent in Australia, Patten pointed out. In West Australia, Category 2 explicit magazines can be sold legally by minors working at newsstands, a situation Eros has challenged. In Queensland, R-rated films are legal but
the equivalent Category 1 Restricted magazines are illegal.
It's time the government reformed the classification scheme to create a powerful uniform adult category called Non Violent Erotica (NVE), that spans film, publications and computer games, that all fall under the same set of guidelines, Patten said:
The public has no idea about the differences between an R- or X-rated film, a Category 1 or 2 Restricted magazine and an MA rated online or computer game.
Patten's recommendation is that NVE magazines in Category 2 and X rated films should only be available to adults, purchased from adult shops.
Lonely housewives and discriminating gay men will be sad to know that Playgirl magazine has decided to cease publishing in print. The glossy, soft-porn magazine will publish its last print issue in November before converting to an online-only
The revamped Playgirl.com website will feature more videos and pictorials and less editorial content, according to Nicole Caldwell, the magazine’s editor-in-chief.
Playgirl Magazine debuted as the women’s alternative to soft-porn men’s magazines in 1973. Although originally designed with the feminist in mind, the magazine quickly grew a gay male fan base as well.
Playgirl features pictorials of nude and seminude men in erotic poses, accompanied by articles on sex, lifestyle topics and celebrities. Although marketed to women, Playgirl estimated in 2003 that gay men made up to 50% of the magazine’s
readership, according to a report by Multichannel News. The magazine has been published in numerous languages over the years, featuring international editions in Germany, France, Australia, Great Britain and the Netherlands.
I laughed when I read Michael Gove's comments, blaming lad mags for all society's ills. I've written for a few lad mags in the past – Zoo, Maxim, Arena, GQ (though I would call the last two style magazines). That doesn't mean I am now going
to try and make a case for their moral fibre, because frankly they've got about as much moral fibre as asbestos. But that's precisely their point. So telling lad mags that they're doing something wrong actually means they are doing something
right. The day the editor of a lad mag gets a letter of congratulation from a Conservative MP will be the same day he gets another letter. From his boss. With a P45 in it.
This rebuke from Gove will be worn as a badge of honour – the equivalent of the cool kid in class getting a ticking off from teacher. And the mags to which he has given free publicity will respond with a contemptuous snigger. You can bet
those editors will today be standing behind their respective art directors' chairs, clapping with delight at the digital manipulation in Photoshop of Mr Gove's visage, which will doubtless appear as a vulgar retort in next week's issue. A joke
which approximately 1% of the readership will get, because they've probably never even heard of this Gove bloke. But whatever, right, it's a picture, yeah, of a geezer with his head up his own arse, right, and that's like well funny, innit.
Gove is crediting these magazines with too much power and influence. Zoo and Nuts do not dictate culture; they reflect it. That's why they sell so well and that's why they exist. Blaming two magazines for everything from "teenage
pregnancy" to "selfish irresponsibility" is exactly the kind of lazy generalisation I would expect from absolutely all soggy-biscuit-eating Tories. The same lazy generalisation they rouse from its slumber every time a kid stabs
someone, having apparently learned precisely how to do it while playing Grand Theft Auto: Chav City or watching So You Think You Can Dance.
In a keynote speech Michael Gove, the shadow schools secretary, condemns the so-called "lads magazines" for encouraging men to view women as mere sex objects.
Our strategies for dealing with teenage pregnancy need to be focused more on young men and their responsibilities, he will say.
That's why I believe we need to ask tough questions about the instant-hit hedonism celebrated by the modern men's magazines targeted at younger males.
Titles such as Nuts and Zoo paint a picture of women as permanently, lasciviously, uncomplicatedly available.
We should ask those who make profits out of revelling in, or encouraging, selfish irresponsibility among young men what they think they're doing.
The relationship between these titles and their readers is a relationship in which the rest of us have an interest.
The images they use and project reinforce a very narrow conception of beauty and a shallow approach towards women. They celebrate thrill-seeking and instant gratification without ever allowing any thought of responsibility towards others, or
commitment, to intrude.
The contrast with the work done by women's magazines, and their publishers, to address their readers in a mature and responsible fashion, is striking.
Comment from Dan
Yeah fatherlessness and relationship breakdown is caused by young men reading lads mags. What a brainwave!
Asda has come under fire from independent magazine publishers for proposed alterations to distribution arrangements that include the supermarket being given editorial space in the publications it stocks.
MediaGuardian.co.uk has seen an email memo from Asda's newspaper and magazines buyer sent to some magazine distribution companies that includes a series of demands for a new relationship with the supermarket giant.
Publishers supplying magazines to Asda branded the supermarket's demands "outrageous" and not "economically viable".
The proposals were due to be discussed at a meeting between representatives of Asda, magazine distributors and publishers. Asda's demands include a request for two pages of editorial or advertising space each month in titles of the company's
Another is that shop space given over to a distributor's titles will be subject to a "space contribution" of ฃ10,000 paid to the supermarket. Asda is asking for a space contribution for each new Asda store opened of ฃ2,500
per magazine title to be paid to the supermarket. The supermarket company is also demanding that any new title distributed in its stores will be subject to an "item set up" charge of ฃ2,464.
According to the email memo, the supermarket is also requesting that a turnover bonus to the value of 2% of its magazine suppliers' total business with Asda be paid quarterly to the supermarket and backdated to January 1 2008. In addition to
these charges Asda is also seeking a "hurdle rate" for new titles carried in stores, so if sales of the magazines are 20% less than forecast the supermarket will be compensated with the difference.
Asking for a contribution for each line [magazine title] in a new store is just not economically viable, a senior magazine publishing source told MediaGuardian.co.uk. The source added that it was "absurd" of Asda to expect
editorial teams to give control away to the retailer.
The most annoying thing is asking for editorial space in magazines. The implications of that are huge because Tesco and Sainsbury would want it too and then all of a sudden magazines are full of advertorials, they said.
A group of pastors and preachers belonging to different churches in Manila have filed criminal complaints against editors and publishers of popular men's magazines and so-called smut tabloids before the Manila Prosecutor's Office.
The group was led by Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante, a pastor of the Metropolitan Bible Baptist Church and anti-porn nutter.
Charged in the joint complaint affidavit were editors and publishers of Philippines Playboy magazine, FHM, Maxim, Playhouse, Sagad, Hataw and Toro .
The group accused the respondents of grave scandal and obscene publication. The respondents also cited violation of Ordinance No. 7780 of the City of Manila, which prohibits the printing publication, sale, distribution and exhibition of obscene
and pornographic acts and materials.
The group said the magazines and tabloids violated anti-pornography laws for containing obscene, erotic, indecent, or lewd pictures/poses that show, depict, exhibit, or describe nude or semi nude bodies sexual acts, sexual intercourse, private
parts of the human body of both male and female, with no educational, artistic, cultural or scientific value.
Abante said this will be the first time that a class suit will be filed against the said magazines and tabloids. Abante said he is hoping that there are still judges who have the moral conscience to look into their complaint.
Sex sells. The owners of the Daily Sport have discovered to their horror that the old adage holds true.
An attempt to clean up Britain's most salacious tabloid has resulted in a circulation plunge deeper than Katie Price's neckline, a profits warning from its publisher, the resignation of its chairman and a strategic review that could result in a
sale of all or part of the company.
Sport Media Group, which publishes the Daily and Sunday Sport but earns the majority of its profits from internet and mobile phone pornography, pin ups and chatlines, said yesterday that its move upmarket had failed to stimulate readers.
The lack of phwoar factor following an April relaunch masterminded by the creators of men's magazines Loaded and Zoo, which banished the sleazier ads to the back pages, accelerated circulation decline from 3% a month to 11% in May. Sales are now
averaging 85,000 a day.
On 25 April a Brussels court sentenced the “anti-globalist” monthly magazine MO to a payment of 1 euro in moral damages to the businessman George Forrest because the magazine had printed a cartoon on its front page depicting Mr.
Forrest, who owns a copper empire in Congo, in the traditional costume of Congo'
s former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
The court ruled that freedom of the press, as protected by article 25 of the Belgian Constitution, does not apply to cartoons because article 25, which dates from 1831, applies to “writers” but not to illustrators.
Article 25 of the Belgian Constitution states: The printing press is free; censorship can never be introduced; no deposits can be demanded from the writers, publishers and printers. If the writer is known and has his domicile in Belgium the
publisher, printer or distributor cannot be prosecuted.”
Judges Valvekens, De Ridder and Morel of the 20th Chamber of the Court of First Instance in Brussels ruled that The cover illustration cannot be considered to be a direct expression of a thought or opinion protected by the freedom of the
Article 25 explicitly refers to ‘the writer.'
The illustration used on the cover is merely a depiction of a person, and not a writing, to which the exceptional status that applies to offences relating to the printing press has no effect.
The Daily Sport, which claims to be the UK'
s only daily paper for men, has been given a new look as it re-launches its mix of daily news, sport, humour, glamour and sex.
Adult advertising and editorial now appears in a 24-page insert, X-tra!.
Whilst the re-launch is not intended to alienate the ‘everyday man'
who is interested in sex, sport, women and having a laugh, it is intended to make the title more appealing to new readers and mainstream advertisers looking to reach this core audience.
Sport Newspapers Editor-in-Chief, Barry McIlheney commented: With the current trend towards celebrity obsessed, female biased editorial, we want to provide a modern daily newspaper for the great modern British bloke. An important audience
which is often underestimated or forgotten and currently isn'
t being catered for elsewhere in the market
Two lawmakers yesterday bonded with two bishops to criticize Playboy Philippines magazine, saying it will erode cultural and religious ideals.
Joel Villanueva and Marcelino Teodoro said the publication would compound the problem of pornography, long blamed for the rise of sex-related violence such as rape.
Villanueva said: We should all be vigilant and fight the evils of pornography. Sad to say, we cannot expect this administration to promote righteousness and moral values .
Teodoro said Playboy Philippines should seriously consider the sensitivities of the populace before coming out with their photos, news and feature articles: Filipinos are predominantly conservative and the magazine will degenerate cultural and
religious ideals .
The lawmakers echoed the sentiments of Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, media director of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and Palawan Bishop Pedro Arigo.
Publisher Beting Dolor reassured critics that the local approach would be “conservative” and will avoid frontal nudity. He describes the magazine as a venue for mature literature and intelligent discussion of issues.
Quitorio is unimpressed: We have more than enough problems now to take care of and now we have to deal with another moral problem?
Update: Go Go Gonzales
Citizens Battle Against Corruption Representative Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales said the launching of Playboy magazine would “contribute to the increasing medium of promoting pornography and women exploitation in the Philippines.”
Heeding the call of nutter groups against the launch of the Philippine version of the world famous magazine, Gonzales sought to push the enactment of House Bill No. 998 or the IPOD (Immorality, Pornography and Obscenity) Act of 2007.
South Carolina State Senator Mike Fair wants to add a 20% surcharge on magazines like Playboy and Hustler that show frontal nudity. He says the tax hike would raise $385,000 dollars for the state to pay for tracking devices for sex offenders.
Just as we're trying to do with cigarettes, we have tried to do and continue to try to do with alcohol, is lets the users of those products pay for some of the consequences that come from that, Fair explained.
Senator Fair introduced the proposal at a senate finance committee. Right now the group is working on the sate's seven million dollar budget. Senators did not vote on the idea yet, but he hopes they discuss it more when they meet again soon.
A Philippines edition of Playboy men's magazine will hit the newsstands next month, but without the nude women that graced the pages of its Western counterparts.
Veteran journalist Beting Laygo Dolor, the editor-in-chief of the Playboy Philippine edition, said the launch of the magazine will be on April 2.
Dolor said the Playboy Philippine edition is a lifestyle magazine for successful men and women: It will be tamer than the US edition but not as tame as the Indonesian edition. It is a mature lifestyle magazine.
Dolor said the local edition will contain serious articles to be contributed by awarded Filipino writers.
After four years of processing subscription payments for Going Natural magazine, PayPal has abruptly cancelled service to its publisher, the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN).
Attempts to get an explanation as to how the magazine violates PayPal's "acceptable use" policy have been met with generic e-mails from faceless and implacable customer-service personnel. Those e-mails falsely claim the magazine is
pornographic, and sells sexually oriented goods or services involving minors or services for which the purpose is to facilitate meetings for sexually oriented activities.
Going Natural magazine is devoted to naturism (or nudism), a social movement over a hundred years old and unrelated to sexual activity.
The FCN is not the first naturist organization to be rejected by PayPal, which arbitrarily denies service to persons or organizations it alone deems socially unacceptable.
PayPal's decision about Going Natural and its claims about the FCN are unfounded embellishments born of ignorance, notes Judy Williams, Government Affairs Director for the FCN.
Demand for an Afrikaans sex magazine that targets married, Christian women has increased so much that an English version will hit the shelves next month.
The launch edition of Intimacy follows a 300 percent growth in demand for Intiem magazine, which was launched in 2006.
We strive to empower Christian women not to feel guilty for enjoying this God-given pleasure which is sex, but rather to embrace it, said managing editor Liezel van der Merwe.
Writing on sex from a Christian perspective had been a difficult challenge, with sex and religion both highly sensitive topics and few guidelines in the Bible, said Van der Merwe.
You won't find any information on, say, masturbation, oral sex or how to spice up your sex life in the Bible. So the only thing one can do is to take the general guidelines that were given to us and apply it to the best of our knowledge and
with guidance from the Holy Spirit.
The quarterly Afrikaans version, which has a 30 000 distribution run, will be translated and adapted for English-speakers to appeal to a multicultural audience.
While we believed that it was only Afrikaans women from a Calvinistic upbringing who had a need for a magazine which speaks openly and freely about sex, we soon came to realise that this was not the case. This was the obvious next step. The magazines were not Christian publications, but written from a Christian perspective, she clarified.
This meant monogamy was endorsed and marital affairs condemned. And while experiments with oral sex might be encouraged, no articles written for gay couples would ever be found.
Iran has banned nine lifestyle and cinema magazines for publishing pictures of "corrupt" foreign film stars and details about their "decadent" private lives, the student ISNA news agency said.
The publications were banned by the press commission watchdog for publishing photographs of corrupt foreign artists and details about their decadent lives.
The most significant magazines banned are Donya-ye Tasvir (World of the Image), Sobh-e Zendegi (Morning of Life), Talash (Effort) and Haft (Seven). The commission also gave warnings to 13 other publications.
Such magazines regularly print articles and pictures of foreign film stars, as well as of Iranian actresses in the kinds of loose headscarves and tight-fitting clothes that are frowned upon by the Islamic authorities.
The latest issue of Donya-ye Tasvir carried articles about several Hollywood female stars including Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, all accompanied by pictures.
In Tehran there are only a handful of cinemas which offer a selective screening of foreign movies, which are subject to heavy censorship of any scenes where actresses are scantly dressed.
The Polish book retailer Empik has begun to limit pornographic magazines in its stores supposedly due to poor sales.
Beginning this month, new stores will no longer carry many pornographic publications and over the next few weeks, more than 90 erotic magazines will disappear from existing Empik locations. Also, Empik has withdrawn an order to some retailers of
According to Empik, its clientele buys predominantly health-and-fitness or women's periodicals. The Polish book retailer has said that Playboy magazine will still be sold in its stores.
Porn king and property magnate Paul Raymond has died aged 82.
Raymond was credited with staging the first live striptease show in London and amassed an estimated fortune of £650million.
As he built his empire, he was dubbed the King of Soho and his stable of porn magazines included Razzle , Mayfair and Men Only .
He started in the business as a producer, touring a variety programme, the Vaudeville Express, around the country. Raymond got round a ruling by the Lord Chamberlain which banned movement by nudes on stage by getting the topless women not to
Exploiting a loophole which made private clubs exempt from official censorship, he opened the Raymond Revuebar strip club in Soho in 1958.
After an earlier failure, Raymond returned to porn publishing with Men Only in 1971 and his magazines became the first top-shelf glossies.
DIVA, Europe's leading lesbian glossy monthly, has immortalised the legendary cover of Rolling Stone Magazine featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono, but using two women.
Celebrating the sensuality of sex, DIVA reworked the image to include two ladies, not only to reflect the sexuality of the magazine, but also to reflect Leibovitz's significant contribution to magazine culture.
Just as the presses were about to roll, the publishers were told by the retailer that the magazine couldn't run with the iconic cover.
Unfortunately, we were forced to censor the cover because one major retailer objected to it. They didn't explain why, editor Jane Czyzselska said.
Which retailer is it that took on the role of “censor”. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to come up with the name WH Smith.
DIVA's art department quickly moved the wording “The Super Sexy Issue” to cover the offending breast – and the magazine can now be sold in the 543 high street stores and 259 outlets at airports, train stations and motorway service stations
operated by WH Smith.
A spokesperson for WH Smith said that the projected cover was a step away from the magazine's usual covers. She went on to say that the company told the publisher that it could be sold with the proposed cover if every copy was “bagged”.
The April edition of DIVA goes on sale in the UK on March 6.
A nutter's campaign against lads mags has won the support of an influential group of MSPs.
MSP Gil Paterson this week lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating the efforts of Margaret Forbes who launched a one-woman campaign demanding men's mags such as Loaded and Nuts be tucked away on top shelves.
She argues the magazines' front covers are in the same league as soft porn, and objects to them being displayed in lower shelves alongside more family-friendly lifestyle magazines in sight of children.
Now she has won support from politicians from the three main parties in the Scottish Parliament after they heard supermarket chain Morrison's has chosen to stock the magazines more discreetly.
Paterson, vice convener of a parliamentary group on violence against women and children, has also written to justice secretary Kenny McAskill over the issue.
The motion has been backed by 16 MSPs. As well as congratulating Margaret, it argued that Parliament should support her campaign to encourage other supermarket chains and vendors to follow the example set by Morrisons.
Paterson said: It's the general attitude towards porn, and the fact children are exposed to it and the normalisation of it that I'm concerned about.
Ms Forbes said: I'm very much encouraged because I feel like I've been doing it on my own. I've been feeling very isolated and a lot of times I get doors slammed in my face when I go round with my petition. But there is still more to go,
because we need to get other supermarkets to do the same.
The stock market is to provide its first listing for a pornography publishing group as the adult magazines empire founded by Express owner Richard Desmond next week seeks a listing on the junior Plus Market.
Interactive Publishing, a shell group, is floating at the same time as agreeing a reverse takeover deal with Trojan Publishing, a private business that has built up a large portfolio of top-shelf titles such as Asian Babes, Forty Plus and New
Before buying rights to about 30 former Desmond titles last year, Trojan acquired about a dozen mostly adult magazines from British Virgin Islands-registered AML Publishing Trust in June 2006. A month later it signed a deal with Penthouse,
licensing rights to Forum.
A stock market listing for Desmond's onetime porn titles comes two months after a bankruptcy order was made against entrepreneur Simon Robinson. Robinson, a former Express journalist, had acquired the titles, trading as Remnant Media, from
Desmond in 2004 for £10.8m. Remnant slipped into administration last year only to be snapped up by Trojan, a business at which Robinson had been a director until January 2007.
North Carolina judge, Kevin Eddinger, held lawyer Todd Paris in contempt after he saw him reading Maxim magazine with “a female topless model” on the cover, according to the court order.
When Eddinger gave Paris a chance to respond he apologized and stated in his view the magazine was not pornography, was available at local stores and that he did not intend contempt, the order said. Eddinger fined Paris $300, gave him a 15
day suspended jail sentence that remains in effect for a year and placed him on unsupervised probation, according to the order.
Eddinger wrote in the order that The contemnor's (Paris) conduct interrupted the proceedings of the court and impaired the respect due its authority. In addition, the contemnor's actions were grossly inappropriate, patently offensive, and
violative of Rule 12 of the General Rules of Practice. Courtroom staff, law enforcement, members of the Bar and the general public shall be able to conduct courtroom business in an atmosphere free of the display of offensive material as
demonstrated by the contemnor, thus necessitating this action.
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