3 March 2015, Johannesburg. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) will hold a media briefing on 4 March 2015 to launch the draft Online Regulatory Policy for public comment.

The policy has been developed in pursuant of section 4A of the Films and Publications Act, 61 of 1996, as amended.

The current legislation is not platform specific, and the FPB’s compliance and classification activities have over the years focused more on physical platforms and less on the online space, resulting in children being exposed to unclassified content accessed through the internet and other mobile platforms. Media convergence has fundamentally transformed the way media content is distributed and consumed. The draft online regulation policy is meant to address such challenges.

The FPB will be embarking on national public consultation road shows which will begin in April 2015 and will allow members of the public to give inputs on the policy.

The policy will be published in the Government Gazette on 04 March 2015. Any person who wishes to submit representations or comments is invited to do so within 90 (ninety) days from the date of publication, by no later than 16h00. Submissions should be emailed to policy.submissions@fpb.org.za or hand delivered to the FPB head office at ECO Glade 2, 420 Witch Hazel Street, ECO Park, Centurion, 0169 and marked for attention Ms. Tholoana Ncheke.


About the Film and Publication Board

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is a public entity established in terms of the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996, amended in 2009.  The Act as amended establishes the FPB to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of certain publications and films by means of classification, the imposition of age restrictions, and giving of consumer advice, and make exploitation use of children in pornographic publications, films or the internet punishable.

Issued by:

Film and Publication Board

Janine Raftopoulos
Manager: Communications and Public Education
T: +27 12 003 1400
C: +27 71 444 3121
E: Janine.raftopoulos@fpb.org.za

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