NSPCC chief Peter Wanless said: “The easy availability to children of online pornography, much of it extreme, violent and profoundly degrading, is of deepening concern.“It can leave them feeling frightened, confused, depressed or upset. The number of ChildLine counselling sessions regarding porn more than doubled last year to over 1,100 with some young girls revealing they were being pressured to mimic scenes from adult films.
I intend to pull together a single post on media policies as the election approaches. The impact of the failure of both major parties to enforce the recommendations of three Royal Commissions, multiple backbench Private Members Bills, Calcutt's 1993 review 18 months into the life of the PCC, and of course Leveson (though the Tories and IPSO itself would dispute that reading, and IPSO could yet evolve into a more powerful and more independent regulator, closer to Leveson's vision), can be clearly seen from the manner in which most of the national press conveniently echo the central campaign theme of the Tories by attacking and ridiculing Miliband personally. The 'Torygraph' coverage of the 100 business leaders' letter was symptomatic of the explicitly campaigning, partisan press coverage, with scant regard for Clause One: Accuracy.