Ard van der Steur (Photo: Rijksoverheid.nl/Wikimedia Commons) - Credit: Ard van der Steur (Photo: Rijksoverheid.nl/Wikimedia Commons)
Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 09:42
No plan to ban adultery website ads, says Justice Min.
Security and Justice Minister Ard van der Steur is very much against Christian party SGP's call to ban advertisements that promote adultery by sites like Second Love from the public broadcasters in the Netherlands. According to him, monitoring and supervising ads is the Netherlands Advertising Code Committee's job, and not the government's. "We would cross a border if we as government express a moral judgement on such a website, which moves within the framework of the law", the Minister said on Wednesday in a parliamentary meeting about angry-divorce, according to Dutch newspaper Reformatorisch Dagblad. Earlier on Wednesday SGP leader Kees van der Staaij called for adultery ads to be banned, at least from public broadcasters. According to him, many divorces are caused by adultery and are very harmful to the children involved. Van der Staaij called Van der Steur's reaction "disappointing".