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Dispatches from the War On Vice

Police in Malaysia are carrying out random spot checks for pornography on mobile phones. Those found with porn will be charged with possession, and presumably flogged or caned or whatever they do, at Dr. Mahathir's pleasure.

Meanwhile, in India, the local movie studios' organisation, the MPA, has successfully obtained a general search and seizure warrant, allowing its officers to search any property in Delhi deemed under suspicion of piracy. Of course, they only intend to use such warrants against the terrorists who produce and sell pirated DVDs at markets, and, being the good guys, undoubtedly are honour-bound not to abuse these powers, so there's no cause for concern.

And in China, a researcher has discovered a sinister and ominous new trend, that people who buy webcams often use them whilst naked, posing a serious threat to public health and morality:

"At first, we thought it was merely a game for a few mentally abnormal people," the paper quoted Liu as saying. "But as our research continued, we found the problem was much larger than expected."
It wasn't made clear what proportion of webcam users are filthy perverts, or, indeed, what those who don't chat naked use them for.

There are 1 comments on "Dispatches from the War On Vice":

Posted by: gjw Thu Sep 1 00:04:59 2005

Interesting what sort of pirated goods India feels the need to crack down on - I watched a 4 Corners documentary last night on india's "fake drug" production - a major industry producing illegal patented drugs for sale in Africa. The problem is, the drugs being produced aren't even real, for instance, "adrenaline" from India used in a Nigerian hospital was found to be just about as potent as water, leading to several deaths. Surely, a little more worrying than some DVDs?