'We must prepare young people for living in a world of powerful images, words and sounds.' UNESCO

Unacceptable advertisements?

The Guardian has a rundown of the most complained about advertisements of 2015.

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Here’s the ‘winner’:

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Posted: March 5, 2016

Age ratings on music videos?

The BBFC is proposing a system of age ratings for online music videos and Google/YouTube are reportedly supportive.

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Posted: January 14, 2014

Age classifications for videogames

PEGI – Pan European Game Information – is the body responsible for providing consumer information about the contents, and therefore the most suitable audience, for videogames. In the UK the BBFC (independent of the gaming industry) used to have this responsibility but this has now moved to the self-regulatory PEGI. You can read about the PEGI system and the work done to classify videogames on the PEGI website.


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Posted: June 12, 2013

Lads’ mags and the law

Campaigners want the removal from sale of titles such as Nuts as they are harmful to women. The sale of the magazines could mean a breach of sexual discrimination laws. Whatever the truth, it’s worth reflecting on what this would mean for all those other publications that include damaging representations of females. The lads’ mags may be a problem, but it could be argued that so too are teen girl magazines, except they aren’t as honest or transparent in their negative representations.


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Posted: May 27, 2013

The Leveson inquiry into press ethics

If you’re not sure where to start The Guardian has a guide to the essentials of the Leveson inquiry (and much more if you follow the associated links).

And if you’re feeling more up-to-date with the issues New Statesman has an opinion article on press ethics well worth a read.

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Posted: November 29, 2012

100 Years of the BBFC

We’ve mentioned this before: The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) is 100 this year.

Here’s another useful article offering a starting point for further investigations into the regulation of film in the UK.

It is worth asking the question, though: does the work of the BBFC have any point in a context of internet distribution of every kind of extremity you can imagine (or hopefully not imagine…)?

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Posted: November 11, 2012

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