Venezuelan Supreme Court Bans Women in Bikinis from Covers of Newspapers, Magazines

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The decision comes in response to an individual complaint made against the weekly sports publication El Heraldo, a subsidiary of 6¬į Poder, requesting that the government prohibit the publication of images with sexual content. (Photo montage PanAm – Meridian√≤metro)

Espa√ĪolVenezuela’s Supreme Court of Venezuela has ordered for the removal of all images of scantily clad women circulating on the covers of publications available to the general public.

The decision¬†comes in response to an individual complaint made against the weekly sports publication¬†El Heraldo,¬†a subsidiary of¬†6¬į Poder,¬†requesting¬†that the government prohibit¬†the “publication of any example, be it digital or printed, including private subscriptions, of images with sexual content¬†… whether it be by way of a photograph, other image, advertisements or links that could be accessed by children and young people.”

Though the measure was initially taken against only El Heraldo, it soon extended to all printed media in the country as well as their digital counterparts.

The decree specifically mentions “pornographic” content, yet includes many mainstream magazines¬†so as¬†to avoid “images of nude or partially nude women in compromising and suggestive poses¬†that stimulate sexual arousal for commercial ends.”

(Meridianómetro)
(Meridianómetro)

The court claimed that when¬†such¬†images¬†go public,¬†the publishers aren’t aware of their responsibilities as “media outlets in society to transmit appropriate content” seen by both adults and children.

This ruling directly affects the country’s primary publications¬†Meridiano and L√≠der, both of which¬†make use of images of women in bathing suits on their covers.

“These types of sexual images don’t come with a warning, which could bring about negative consequences with respect to people’s baser instincts, and thereby put at risk the constitutional rights of the most vulnerable, namely children and young people,” the¬†court’s ruling continues.

Tweet: Cover¬†photo for today’s Meridiano magazine August 16. Thanks a lot to Edgar Alfaro for the photo permission. It’s for all of you.

Source: Caraota Digital

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