FEEDBACK ON THE FILMS AND PUBLICATIONS AMENDMENT BILL
On 30 and 31 August 2016, the Portfolio Committee on Communications held public hearings on the Films and Publications Amendment Bill (Bill) wherein members of the
ndustry made oral submissions on the Bill.
The submissions were thereafter incorporated into the Bill. Subsequent thereto, the Film and Publication Board and the Department of Communications will host a workshop wherein industry will be updated on the revisions pursuant to the above and find a common approach and possible agreement on the issues raised.
Please click here for the revised copy of the Films and Publications Amendment Bill.
UNISA AND FPB LAUNCH THE FIRST CLASSIFICATION OF MEDIA CONTENT PROGRAMME IN AFRICA
The University of South Africa’s (UNISA) Centre for Applied Criminal Justice and Bureau for Market Research in partnership with the Film and Publication Board (FPB), has on the 6th October 2016, officially launched the Classification of Media Content programme to professionalise content classification in South Africa and within the African continent. The programme will focus on theoretic framework that guides content classification in South Africa.
South Africa is the first country to have an accredited programme on content classification and the initiative will assist in job creation and professionalise the industry. The short learning programme will develop and formalise the current educational requirements for qualified examiners or content classifiers, to be employed in public and private sector institutions that employ examiners or content classifiers through formal academic study.
The course is targeted at existing content classifiers wishing to update their skills and also targets anyone who has an interest in content classification within the industry, which include internet streaming companies, movie distributors and broadcasters who also conduct self classification. This is in line with the co-regulatory approach the FPB is moving towards as is outlined in our Online Regulation Policy.
The programme will also benefit individuals in the film industry or those interested in working in the industry as it will provide insight on what informs age ratings provided on material.
AFPB 2015/2016 ANNUAL REPORT
The Film and Publication Board 2015/2016 Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament. This annual report is very special as it marks the FPB’s 20 years anniversary.
The report highlights FPB’s achievements and challenges for the previous financial year.