Ban on porn websites temporary, says govt

By: | Updated: August 6, 2015 11:50 AM

After its move to block as many as 857 porn sites sparked a debate on social media over censorship and freedom of speech, the government on Monday....

After its move to block as many as 857 porn sites sparked a debate on social media over censorship and freedom of speech, the government on Monday said the ban was temporary and these sites had just been disabled and would be revoked only after the court’s verdict.

A top official said the government blocked the porn sites after the Supreme Court’s observation. “We have just disabled them and a final decision will be taken after court final order.”

The Supreme Court, at its last hearing on porn websites, had said the issue was serious and that some firm steps needed to be taken by the government. The government also said the court should consider setting up an ombudsman to deal with matter related with pornography, national security, terrorism, internal disturbances and riot-like situations.

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology had asked Internet Service Providers to take down 857 porn websites. The decision faced flak with several commentators calling it censorship and curtailing freedom of speech.

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