17 September 2015, Johannesburg. The Film and Publication Board(FPB) today welcomed the announcement of another arrest under Operation Cloud Nine, a joint crackdown by South African and Belgian police, that will see yet  another person face  charges of possession and distribution of child porn.

“The Film and Publication Board will be supporting the South African Police Services (SAPS) Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) unit on the recent Operation Cloud Nine bust, that occurred in Melville on the 16th September 2015″, says FPB Manager Communications and Public Education, Janine Raftopoulos.

“The FPB will be visible as friends of the court, and will offer support to the SAPS FCS unit in any way we can, to ensure that such criminal acts are prosecuted appropriately,” continues Raftopoulos.

The Films and Publications Act 65, 1996 as amended Section 27 the custodian of the FP Act criminalises the use of minors for the creation, possession and distribution of child pornography.

It has to be noted that the provisions of the Film and Publications Act Section 24 B stipulates the following:

(1) Any person who—

(a) unlawfully possesses;

(b) creates, produces or in any way contributes to, or as assists in the creation or production of;

(c) imports or in any way takes steps to procure, obtain or access or in any way knowingly assists in, or facilitates the importation, procurement, obtaining or accessing of; or

(d) knowingly makes available, exports, broadcasts or in any way distributes or causes to be made available, exported, broadcast or distributed or assists in making available, exporting, broadcasting or distributing,

any film, game or publication which contains depictions, descriptions or scenes of child pornography or which advocates, advertises, encourages or promotes child pornography or the sexual exploitation of children, shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) Any person who, having knowledge of the commission of any offence under subsection

(a) or having reason to suspect that such an offence has been or is being committed and fails to—

(b) report such knowledge or suspicion as soon as possible to a police official of the South African Police Service; and

(c) furnish, at the request of the South African Police Service, all particulars of such knowledge or suspicion,

shall be guilty of an offence.

(3) Any person who processes, facilities or attempts to process or facilitates a financial transaction, knowing that such transaction will facilitate access to, or the distribution or possession of, child pornography, shall be guilty of an offence.

The FPB will host an international conference in Johannesburg from 11 – 14 October 2015, themed cyber safety, child protection and classification; an Africa perspective. Such a conference is now more important than ever before and it will aim to establish a road map in the quest to expand online child protection and cyber safety initiatives in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. To register for the conference go to:http://apps.fpb.org.za/101.

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