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Committee Set up to Protect Children from Internet

Minister of Communications Suvi Lindén has set up a committee to protect minors from harmful material on the internet.

According to Lindén, society needs to ensure that the internet is as safe as possible for children. She said she's surprised by the tone of recent discussions in Finland on child pornography and freedom speech.

"We are talking about a serious crime. This material should be regulated just as strictly as printed material, for example," she said.

Recently the National Bureau of Investigation shutdown a Finnish website that provided functioning links to child porn sites. The people behind the blocked site said they strongly oppose preventive censorship.

Kirsi Miettinen of the Ministry of Transport and Communications will serve as chair of the 35-member committee. The committee will operate until the end of 2010.


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