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Iraqi Kurdistan’s Union of Islamic Scholars calls for ban on porn sites

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Union of Islamic Scholars calls for ban on porn sites

2019/01/24 | 20:05

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SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Union of Islamic Scholars in Iraqi Kurdistan region has called on the authorities to ban access to porn sites across the Kurdish region.

The Union has sent a written statement to the Public Prosecutor and the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Iraq’s Kurdistan regional Government (KRG) asking it to consider blocking access to porn sites by users in the region.

According to the statement, they made the request in order to protect moral values, youth, families, and society in the Kurdistan region.











“No censorship on the sites and pages has affected very badly and negatively youths and society,” the statement read.

The head of the Union of Islamic Scholars called on the authorities to ban porn sites, as has been done in other countries, in an attempt to dignify moral values in society.

The production, possession, and distribution of pornography is illegal in Iraq under Article 403, but the statute does not apply to online content. In other countries in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, access to pornography is heavily restricted and can lead to fines or imprisonment.

In February 20017 the KRG Ministry of Transport and Communication cannot block pornographic websites without a law ratified by parliament, minister said.

“We as the Ministry of Transport and Communication support calls for blocking pornographic websites in the Kurdistan Region as we believe [such websites] harm the society in general and the youths in particular,” reads a statement by Minister Mawloud Mourad in 2017.

In 2015, the Kurdistan Islamic Union KIU party has called on Kurdish parliament to block websites with pornographic materials. The MPs from the KIU block in Iraq’ Kurdistan parliament have proposed draft law banning sex related online websites.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), announced that it will not abide by the decision of blocking porn sites that was issued by the Iraqi parliament.

In September 2015 Iraqi parliament voted in its regular session on a decision committing the Ministry of Communications to block porn sites. However the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Iraqi Kurdistan region announced that it will not abide by the decision of blocking porn sites that was issued by the Iraqi parliament.

Read more about Islam and secularism in Iraqi Kurdistan

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