Freedom and Child Internet Pornography
One of the best known writers and a supporter of freedom is Frederick Douglass. Douglass
suffered as a slave for many years before escaping to New York from Maryland. He is a wellknown motivational speaker who delivered speeches concerning self-freedom. During the period
between 1818 and 1895, he rose to the position of an abolitionist leader. Because of his
experience as a slave, he found the best approach to stop slavery (Lucander). To him, when
citizens get freed from cruelty, live without fear, and have equal rights with the rest, they live a
good life. Another famous proponent of freedom was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who gained
popularity in the 1970s when the government alienated the church (Couretas). Militant atheists
removed his baptismal cross. His encounter makes people understand that one only lives a good
life when the government gets separated from religion and when religion is not separated from
society which leads to freedom.
Freedom refers to the rights enjoyed by individuals allowing them to feel, think and act
independently without interfering with other people’s rights. Liberty also gives individuals an
opportunity to express their ideas without constraints. For example, everyone has the right to
religion. When this right gets curtailed, it means that believers are not in a position to choose
their denominations independently. In politics, individual freedom is at risk when the
government fails to incorporate democracy and civilization. Liberty and justice are the resultant
effects of legal amendments hence a good and fulfilling life (Goodhart 169). Among the
dominant issues regarding freedom in the world is child internet pornography which, in my
opinion, should be mitigated by the government.
Today, the government has been accused of restricting the freedoms of its people.
Debates concerning the role of government in limiting an individual’s privacy by controlling
child internet pornography are dominant. Proposers of government intervention argue that child
internet pornography is a form of sexual abuse, molestation, and mental torture (Powel and
Victoria 6). Also, child pornography is a violation of morality. According to child pornography
laws, the US Department of Justice has been accorded the responsibility of monitoring and
convicting sex offenders. The work of this department is a revelation of the protection of
children's rights rather than limiting offenders’ freedom. In support of this are the child
protection laws enshrined in article 49 of the constitution which proclaims government
protection of children.
Those in support of this vice feel that government intervention in the privacy of persons
or entities producing child internet pornography is not warranted. To support their stand, they
argue that the government is allowed to control offenders' actions only if they are found guilty of
physically harming these children. The right to freedom of expression is as vital as the freedom
of action. Child internet pornographers or producers should have all the rights and freedoms to
carry out the process except for harming the children.
As far as freedom, rights, and the good life are concerned, the government should invade
privacy to bring an end to child pornography and other related crimes like hate speech and
human trafficking. The most controversial topic, in this case, is child pornography, especially on
online platforms. A child’s life is termed good if the child gets protected from sexual abuse of
any kind. Also, if the children have proper psychological, physical, and mental health, they are
considered free. Therefore, it is necessary for the government to intervene and protect the rights
and freedoms of children.
Couretas, John. Solzhenitsyn: ‘There’s Plenty of Freedom, But Little Truth’, November 26,
Goodhart, Michael .Democracy as Human Rights: Freedom and Equality in the Age of
Globalization. Routledge Taylor and Francis Group 2005. Pp 117-245.
Lucander, David .Feddrick Douglas and the Meaning of Freedom. February 14, 2018.
Powell, Hills and Victoria, Nash .Child Protection and Freedom of Expression
Online.Alison.Oxford Internet Institute ,2010 ,pp. 1-15
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