WASHINGTON, DC, April 2, 2013 ( – Morality in Media, a DC based anti-pornography group, is calling out US Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to uphold existing anti-obscenity laws.  Holder tops the organization's new Dirty Dozen list, which aims to “target, expose and shame 12 enablers of our country’s pornography pandemic,” according to the group.

In addition to Holder, the list features Comcast, Facebook, Google Play, LodgeNet, Hilton, Twitter, the American Library Association, Wikipedia, Cosmopolitan, Barnes & Noble, and the Department of Defense.

The US Supreme Court has upheld laws against hardcore adult pornography, but Holder has disbanded the group of prosecutors that enforced those laws.  To date, Holder has prosecuted no cases against commercial distributors of adult pornography that are in violation of federal law. 


Morality in Media’s Dawn Hawkins told, “We want the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce current federal obscenity laws.”  So far, she has rallied the support of over 130 national, state and local groups, nearly half of the members of the Senate, and many members of the House.

“Holder’s actions keep the porn industry thriving,” said Patrick Trueman, President of Morality in Media. Trueman is the Former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section at the U.S. Department of Justice where he supervised the prosecution of obscenity crimes, child sex crimes and child pornography. 

In addition to calling for legal action, Morality in Media is educating consumers about the companies that are profiting from the distribution of pornography. 

“Consumers should know who is behind the ‘pornification’ of our culture and be able to take precautions against them,” said Hawkins. 

In particular, Morality in Media is focusing on Hilton Hotel for featuring pornography in its guest rooms.  “Many hotels have decided to stay away from that business and Marriott Hotels recently changed the policy and is transitioning to no longer providing TV porn,” reported Hawkins. 

It also singles out Google Play for offering pornographic apps, unlike Apple's itunes store, which has blocked pornographic content. Facebook is also criticized for not doing enough to enforce their anti-obscenity rules. 

“We hope that these companies will realize the harm they are contributing to and take more corporate responsibility to stop contributing to this exploitation.”