8 December 2017, Centurion. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) would like to apologize for posting a tweet of a ‘fake news’ article that infers that the LGBTIQ community condones pedophilia within the community. The FPB understands that the article and image was a hoax that was spread. As an organization that advocates for responsible sharing of content, we should have conducted thorough research regarding the topic and shared factual and credible information.
The Board would like to clarify that the tweet did not infer that FPB condones pedosexual behavior towards children and the tweet strongly condemned the notion. The FPB was trying to raise awareness to the phenomenon of pedosexual behavior towards children and as the FPB we would strongly condemn such abuse of children. In our attempt to be proactive in raising awareness, we inadvertently contributed in the sharing of fake news.
The FPB intends to revive partnerships and has partnered in numerous, successful projects that not only protect the rights of the LGBTIQ but also the joint venture for the protection of children from harmful content and sexual predators.
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.
For more information contact:
Miss Manala Botolo
Acting Manager Communications and Public Education
Cell: 082 860 6748
Tel: 012 003 1400