Subtitle: The Longford Report
Introduction: Lord Longford
Edition: Second Impression
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: Coronet Books / Hodder Paperbacks Ltd
Year of Publication: 1972
Format: 110x178mm (trimmed)
Pages: 520 printed on newsprint; research bibliography, 499; index, 511
Binding: Paperback in duotone wrappers
Original price: GBP 0.60
Entry No.: 2009066
Entry Date: 30th November 2009
One of the burning issues of our time: Does it really do any harm
When the Longford Study Group was first set up it attracted a lot of notice, some of it hostile. But during the year’s enquiry by a group of some fifty distinguished public figures and experts, the importance of its work was rapidly acknowledged.
This report is based on research and evidence from those with special experience in the fields of communications, law and morals. Witnesses included the Minister for the Arts; the Directors-General of the BBC and ITA; censors Lord Harlech, John Trevelyan and Stephen Murphy; the Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police; leaders of the national press, and leading film, theatre and book critics. Self-confessed pornographers and their customers were also interviewed.
Although the report recommends a change in the obscenity laws, the scope extends well beyond what has been called “the ultimate bastion” of legislation. Pornography is one example –not necessarily the most dangerous– of a general challenge to the basic values of our society. What the Longford Report does is to examine that challenge in the light of discussion and experience. Anyone bewildered by the changing social morality today, especially those who try to guide the young, should not ignore this valuable document.