Now Henson net cast over the web
Online photographs used by media websites to report on the investigation into Bill Henson have been referred to the Classification Board, the Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus, said.
ACT Police are also assessing at least 79 Henson photographs held in Canberra galleries as the investigation into the artist widens.
"Several online images of Bill Henson photographs from media websites reporting on the exhibition at the Rosyln Oxley9 gallery in Sydney have been referred to the Classification Board," he said.
They were referred to the board by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which investigates complaints about online content.
"They do not involve content published online by the Oxley gallery as the gallery voluntarily removed images from its website last week," Mr Debus said.
The Classification Board does not classify art exhibitions but classifies some publications including pictures published online.A spokeswoman for Mr Debus would not name the websites involved.The director of the National Gallery of Australia, Ron Radford, was reportedly questioned last night over the gallery's collection of 79 photographs, all of which were in storage.
Police said inquiries related to child pornography.No photos were seized in yesterday's raids on the NGA and other Canberra galleries.
"If we determine there are offences disclosed, then we will go through the process of seizing whatever needs to be seized in order to prove the offence," a police spokesman said.
Photos held in storage were subject to as much scrutiny as hanging works because child pornography charges included possession, he said.
"If you're in possession of child pornography, whether you have it on your computer and whether you view it or not, that's an offence."
Inquiries continue after raids on galleries in Sydney and Newcastle.