Saturday, July 5, 2008

Ban naked children from art: Bravehearts

Child abuse campaigners say there's an urgent need for laws to be changed in all states and territories to prevent photos of naked children from being put forward as art.

Bravehearts says the decision by Art Monthly Australia to put a naked six-year-old girl on its cover is evidence the arts community clearly can't be relied on to self-regulate.

The organisation's executive director Hetty Johnson says new legislation is required across the country to make it illegal to take photographs of children for public exhibition, publication and sale.

"Hopefully what we get from this is collective views around the country, from states and territories, and that's what needs to happen and it needs to happen urgently, to introduce legislation that removes artistic merit from the child pornography laws and introduce this legislation that controls what artists can do in relation to the use of children in art," she said.

Art Monthly Australia says it put the six-year-old naked girl on its cover to protest against the censorship of nude children in art.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd earlier told ABC1's Insiders that the cover goes against the interests of protecting children.

"How can anyone assume that a little child of six years old, eight, 10, 12, somehow is able to make that decision for themselves," he said.

"I mean I don't think I can [assume that] - that's just my view and that's why frankly I can't stand this stuff."


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