20 February 2018, Centurion. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) today successfully launched the review of its current Classification Guidelines at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.  The launch was positively welcomed by various stakeholders represented at the launch.  

The Classification Guidelines are reviewed every five years to measure whether the current guidelines are reflective of South Africa’s societal values and norms. Determining uniform values and norms is often a difficult process in a diverse society such as ours.  Stakeholders and participants engaged in robust conversation regarding the current classification guidelines.  Of interest, was the suggestion to include Gender Based Violence (GBV) as a classifiable element. The deliberations further highlighted the need to look at a classification for ‘Culturally Sensitive” material in the guidelines.

The launch further provides an opportunity for South Africans such as religious and cultural groups, film-makers, government, child psychologists, parents to raise issues with FPB in order to protect children in their care against harmful media content.

“We are pleased about the success of the launch of the Classification Guidelines Review process and we are eager to engage with other stakeholders in the various provinces.  The engagement with activists at the event presents an opportunity to clarify the distinction between the FPB and the Appeals Tribunal, says Mr. Sandile Nene, FPB’s Acting Chief Executive Officer.

He continues to say, “It should be noted that the FPB’s Council and the FPB’s Appeal Tribunal act independently of each other and function without any bias.”.

The FPB will be holding public consultations across the country from February to March 2018.  This is an opportunity for all South Africans to get involved and have their voices heard. More information on the public consultations will be made available on our website (www.fpb.org.za).

ENDS

For more information and media enquiries contact:

 Miss Manala Botolo

Acting Manager Communications and Public Education

Email: manala.botolo@fpb.org.za

Mobile:  082 860 6748

Tel:   012 003 1400

Notes to the editor 

The objective of the Act of 1996 is to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of films, games and certain publications, and more recently certain online content. This is done to provide consumer advice to enable adults to make informed viewing, reading and gaming choices for themselves and children in their care; to protect children from exposure to disturbing and harmful material and from premature exposure to adult experiences, and to make the use of children in, and the exposure of children to pornography, punishable.

Paramount to the mandate of the FPB is the protection of children. Protecting children under the Act is a proportional balancing of the rights afforded in the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights against the right of the child. The protection of children as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or moral harm to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation. It further ensures that children’s best interest is of paramount importance in every matter concerning a child.

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