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  • The Supreme Court passed a ruling to protect children from pornography.

    The Supreme Court passed a ruling to protect children from pornography. | Photo: Facebook: Tribunal Supremo de Justicia

Published 9 November 2017

A complaint lodged by two women against a private sports publication led to pornography restrictions.

Venezuelan media will be prohibited from publishing explicit and implicit sexual content, the Supreme Court of Justice ruled Wednesday.

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A constitutional court complaint lodged by two women against the private sports magazine, El Heraldo, said it posed a threat of exposing minors to harmful content with its pornographic material including photos, advertisements, and subscriptions.

Justice Carmen Zuleta de Merchan outlined the prohibitions — for both private and public media — that contain implicit or explicit sexual content that children could potentially easily access digitally or in print.

The court explained, in its ruling No. 884, that the use of sexually-explicit material is a “violation of the right to human dignity and the right of women to have a decent life.”

The Venezuelan Supreme Court urged the Ministry of Communication and Information and the Venezuelan telecommunications group, Conatel, to investigate any and all pornographic portals and cancel those electronic addresses that fall under the new restrictions.

The court also sent the decision to the General Prosecutors Office to begin an investigation into the pornographic claims lodged against El Heraldo concerning other publications owned by Grupo Editorial 60, CA to determine if at any time there were offenses committed against women in public office.

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