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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Anti-Censorship Statement

The New Zealand Naturist Federation is a member based affiliate organisation that is in turn affiliated to the International Naturist Federation.

The following is a statement regarding censorship issued by the International Naturist Federation for distribution to all media within Federation countries.

The International Naturist Federation opposes all censorship of the natural human body. Nudity is a fundamental expression of naturism. The human body in its natural state is neither indecent nor obscene. As evidenced by over a century of naturist experience and an abundance of scholarly research, mere nudity is not inherently any more sexual than a body concealed by clothing.

We are particularly concerned about increasing censorship of nudity in social media. Services such as Facebook have become so ubiquitous that they are effectively public spaces. We urge governments to regulate these services to secure free speech and prevent the suppression of ideas through ethnocentric censorship policies.

For more information about naturism in New Zealand, please visit our website or email info@gonatural.co.nz.