Child Porn Advocate Not Suited for Heading Up Broadcasting Complaints Commission (16 May 2003)

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Dear Editor

Appoint officials who share the values of South Africans to public office.

Cobus van Rooyen is the advocate currently challenging the Constitutionality of the ban of "child pornography" in the Tasco de Reuck case.

This is the same Cobus van Rooyen who back in 1995 was the chairman of the task force commissioned to draft the Bill that would legalise pornography in South Africa. On that task force this same Cobus van Rooyen fought for the legalisation of the possession of child abuse images (a more accurate and internationally accepted term for child pornography). The possession of child abuse images are even now strictly outlawed in the most permissive of countries like Sweden and Canada because of the uncontested damage they cause children and those who view them. And since these images are forever copied and circulated, it is an abuse that escalates as the child matures and ages.

We now see this same Cobus van Rooyen attempting to pass possession of child abuse images off as freedom of expression, privacy and equality, in the name of research. If "research" becomes grounds for possession of child abuse images, any paedophile, pederast, rapist or child molester can defend their abominable perversions in the name of "research".

This will set this country back 100 years when it comes to law against child porn. It will also have a seriously negative impact on child porn cases currently pending in the courts.

This same Cobus van Rooyen, who promotes possession of child abuse images, is the chairman of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA). The BCCSA is the body set up to receive and act on complaints from the public about television broadcasting that offends and damages the public, especially children and their impressionable minds. This body has proved most permissive and ineffectual in stemming the waves of explicit violence, sex, and language at family viewing time. How can a man who actively promotes possession of child abuse images be responsive to and adjudicate over concerns raised from the public about violence and sexually explicit material on our airwaves?

Sincerely,

Rob Mc Cafferty
M. Ed

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa info@christianaction.org.za - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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