DSTV Porn Channel "Outrageous" say Christian Action Network

2010-02-26 13:15
 
 
This media release is published completely unedited. For more on this topic read
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MEDIA RELEASE
CHRISTIAN ACTION NETWORK

Jackie Rakitla, general manager of Multichoice corporate affairs, told Die Burger on Tuesday that "MultiChoice has been inundated with requests for adult content on DSTV, at this stage we're doing research to determine the extent of interest in porn, and we're looking at the feasibility of implementing such a service".
 
"It is our suspicion that DSTV would receive thousands of rand from porn companies (as similar channels in the United States do) to host pornographic films and shows on such a channel," says Taryn Hodgson, International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network (CAN).
 
The Christian Action Network urges DSTV subscribers to fill in the DSTV online survey asking for subscribers' opinions on such a channel.
 
The survey can be accessed at: http://surveys.c-search.co.za/survey/adult2010.htm or subscribers can call: 011-289 3000 and to speak to the marketing manager.
 
Should DSTV go ahead with such a channel, the Christian Action Network will urge its affiliates to cancel their DSTV subscriptions.
 
Considering the extremely high incidents of rape, child abuse and sexual violence against women, CAN believes it is unacceptable that DSTV should be considering introducing a pornographic channel.
 
"Should DSTV introduce such a channel they would be supporting those that exploit, objectify and degrade women. Porn violates women's constitutional rights to dignity and equality," says Hodgson.
 
At the same time, it appears that E-TV has removed their late night pornographic films from their channel in response to public pressure. In 2008, the Christian Action Network protested outside the E-TV Cape Town offices and mobilised Christians to phone and write to ETV to complain.
 
"Porn channels with pin codes and so-called locking devices would present very little challenge to an increasingly ‘tech savvy' computer generation.
 
"We have reports from Safeline and the Teddybear Clinic who counselled children who watched the porn films screened on E-TV. Some of these children even sexually abused other children as a result.
 
"Pornography is as addictive and destructive as drugs. Drugs are illegal, porn should be too.
 
"Those who say that there is no proof that porn causes harm are either ignorant or wilfully deceived.
 
"It would be unethical to expose human beings to large doses of pornography, monitor them and their behaviour to the point where the sexual crime is committed and then analyse this process. This cannot be done on ethical grounds. Pornographers capitalise on this. Similarly, a researcher cannot give someone 30 cigarettes per day for 20 years and then monitor the process of them getting lung cancer, but there are many other ways of linking the causes and effects. Edward Donnerstein, a leading experimental researcher in the field of pornography, points out, "The relationship between sexually violent images in the media and subsequent aggression is much stronger statistically than the relationship between smoking and cancer.
 
"Just one article by Catherine Itzin, reviews over 150 studies that prove links between harm and pornography.
 
"Many who ignorantly believe that there is no evidence that porn is harmful have imbibed the lies of the porn industry, which with its massive financial resources, funds public relations firms to establish ‘anti-censorship lobby groups' with a ‘freedom of speech' argument," says Hodgson.
 
"The family is the basic building block of society, and it is suicidal for any society to tolerate such an exploitative industry. If such a channel is allowed, it will pour fuel on the fires of sexual abuse and exploitation," Hodgson says.
 
"Jesus said to his disciples: 'Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves.'" Luke 17:1-3
 
CONTACT: International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network, Taryn Hodgson on 072 215 4801 or 021-689 4480, E-mail: info@christianaction.org.za. Website: www.christianaction.org.za.

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Along with other pro-family groups, members of the Christian Action Network are urging DSTV to reject the idea of hosting a porn channel.

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