On March 12 MEP's are to vote on a resolution calling for the elimination of "gender stereotypes in the EU." Article 17 of the resolution proposes a ban on all pornography in the media and could lead to Internet censorship if passed.
Following hot on the tail of Iceland's attempt to ban Internet porn, the European Parliament is now facing a vote on the same issue.
The proposal, tabled by Dutch left-wing feminist MEP Kartika Liotard, calls for "statutory measures to prevent any form of pornography in the media and in advertising and for a ban on advertising for pornographic products and sex tourism", including measures in the "digital field" the Telegraph reports.
CNet reported Article 14 of the proposal states: "that a policy to eliminate stereotypes in the media will of necessity involve action in the digital field; considers that this requires the launching of initiatives coordinated at EU level with a view to developing a genuine culture of equality on the Internet; calls on the Commission to draw up in partnership with the parties concerned a charter to which all Internet operators will be invited to adhere."
This opens the way for Internet censorship across the EU with no clear guidance of what constitutes pornography. The resolution which will be voted on will not pave the way for draft legislation to be introduced.
Sweden's Pirate Party has warned that the resolution could pass due to the resolution's misleading title which hardly suggests the full extent of the measures incorporated within.