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Chief Censor David Shanks, Bureau of Film, Literature and Classification.
The government promises to review the six different regimes that govern the classification of harmful content with the aim of putting different media and publishers on an equal footing.
Home Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti said New Zealanders would be better protected against harmful or illegal content through a “modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework”.
However, his statement gave few details on what could be proposed.
Tinetti said the existing arrangements were designed in the early 1990s “without the Internet” and focused on newspapers, print materials and free television.
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“It is not suited to its purpose and does not have the flexibility to respond to the continuing evolution of digital platforms,” she said.
The government’s goal was to create new rules “neutral in terms of platform and content,” she said.
“The current system is confusing for content providers and consumers; consumers don’t have a single complaint process and some content providers are regulated by multiple regimes, ”she said.
“I’m proposing to streamline the regulations to treat content the same whether it’s posted on a website, shared on Facebook, available on demand, printed in a newspaper, or shown on a TV screen.”
The Broadcasting Standards Authority said it supported a review.
The President, Justice Bill Hastings, said he has long supported the changes “given the different ways in which the public consume content and the changes underway in the media industry.”
“It is important that any future framework continues to protect freedom of expression, a fundamental principle of a well-functioning democracy, while addressing any content harmful to individuals and to society when it overrides it. freedom, “he said.
One of the disparities in the current regime is that film distributors must submit their content for labeling by the Film and Video Labeling Body, while Internet TV providers can rate programs under a voluntary agreement currently being administered. by the New Zealand Media Council.
Broadcasters are allowed to determine their own classifications under a separate system overseen by the Broadcasting Standards Authority.