Swedish library criticized for child porn

April 6, 2009 at 11:58 AM
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 6 (UPI) -- The Swedish national library says it's reviewing lending policies that allowed its collection of child pornography to be easily accessed by the public.

A national law requires the library to archive a copy of everything printed in Sweden, including child pornography which was legal to possess and distribute until its ban in 1980, The Local reported Monday.

The library's collection, acquired between 1971 and 1980, first made headlines last year when Valentin Bart, a writer, made it known the library's lending section included pornography featuring children as young as 10-years-old.

"All I did was sign up to check out books and send a letter explaining my reasons for wanting to view the material. Anyone could have done the same thing," Bart told The Local.

The library is reviewing its policy for lending sensitive material, but that isn't enough for child protection groups who plan to report the library for possession and distribution of child pornography.

"We want the report to demonstrate that the same laws apply for all regardless of whether it is a state institution," said Brigitta Holmberg, a spokeswoman for the Association of Relatives to Sexually-abused Children.

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