New film Bill a power-grabbing venture, says MCK
Media stakeholders have called for the withdrawal of the Film Classification Bill 2016 published by the Film Classification Board. They want consultations on the contentious clauses. The stakeholders say the Bill contains provisions that if passed will undermine press freedom and potentially gag the media. Media Council chairman Charles Kerich said, “It would be okay if all they wanted were a little more power, but they are on a power-grabbing exercise. They want to reach into the mandate of the Media Council and regulate content and ethics.” “They are reaching into the mandate of the Communications Authority and so many other organisations.” Kerich yesterday told a press forum at the Hilton Hotel that the Bill will further risk being misused by anti-reformists to water down media freedom and liberty. “The potential of it being misused by overzealous individuals is very real,” he said.