—- of films.
After nearly a century, the country may, “finally be poised to shutter the agency charged with censoring films deemed unsuitable for adult audiences,” says The Local.
Instead, a new agency would come into being, it says, and it would no longer employ censors.
Rather, a team of ‘film examiners’ would determine the, “appropriate age restriction for a given film”.
“The planned dissolution of Sweden`s film censorship agency, Statens biografbyrÃ¥ (SBB), means that Swedish filmgoers aged 15 and older will no longer have to wonder whether or not a particular film has been censored by the state.” says the story, saying the proposed change is part of the findings of a government inquiry, “into how to update laws governing how films are reviewed, including how to protect young people from media featuring content seen as harmful to minors,” said to story, going on:
“Since 1911, SBB has been charged with reviewing and, when necessary, censoring films with unsavory content. But technological changes as well as a proliferation of other outlets through which films can be viewed means that the agency only reviews a small portion of the content viewed by Swedish cinephiles.”
Would “other outlets” mean the Net do you think?
Now, “As an alternative, the inquiry proposed that a new media agency be created to replace both the SBB and the Swedish Media Council (MediarÃ¥det), another state agency aimed at reducing the risk of harmful effects on children and young people of certain media content,” says The Local, adding.
” ‘The new agency won`t be so judicial, but rather a contact body with information; to help children learn to understand the media, to have a more critical eye,’ said inquiry head Marianne Eliason to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.
The new agency, which wouldn’t go into operation before 2011, would also SBB duties of managing the four levels of age restrictions for films in Sweden — approved for all ages; approved for children 7 and older; 11 and older; and 15 and older.
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