Looking back at 2013 I think we can be very proud of what has been achieved and I’d like to thank you very much for your continued support which stimulated such positive change.
In July the Prime Minister announced in a landmark speech that every household in the UK is to have pornography filtered by their internet provider as a default unless they choose to opt-in to receive it. This is a hugely encouraging development but we remain convinced that the best approach to ensure these pledges are actually delivered on is by changing the law. This is why we are continuing to work in support of Baroness Howe’s Online Safety Bill (which recently had its second reading with overwhelming support) which would make this a reality.
Also this summer, as a result of pressure from the public and organisations including Mediawatch, the Co-op took the brave decision to no longer stock publications with sexually provocative covers unless they were supplied in modesty bags by their publishers. The store admitted it would lose money as a result of the move but it decided to put its customers’ concerns before profit.
2014 will be landmark year for Mediawatch-UK. It will be 50 years since Mary Whitehouse issued her call to arms at Birmingham Town hall in 1964 and we will be marking the occasion with a series of initiatives. As you can see we are adopting a new logo for our anniversary year which we hope will remind people of our longevity and the continued support for our campaign.
Beginning on 1st January we will be tweeting a quote from Mary Whitehouse’s writing every other day. It is ironic that much of what we know about her views has come to us filtered by the media itself. This will be an opportunity to hear Mary Whitehouse in her own words taken from the books she wrote during her lifetime. I think many people will find it quite surprising.
You can follow the initiative on Twitter - @MrsMWhitehouse and Facebook - www.facebook.com/MrsMaryWhitehouse and we will also be updating our dedicated website – www.marywhitehouse.com – with the quotes. If you are not a Twitter or Facebook user you can subscribe on the website and you’ll receive an email every time a new quote is added.
We hope that you have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.