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31st March

  Irreversible Decision on Irreversible

Based on an article from The Sydney Morning Herald

The French film Irreversible has not been banned despite complaints from nutters of the Australian Family Association and the Reverend Fred Nile.

The Classification Review Board (CRB) on Tuesday decided against banning the film, directed by Gaspar Noe, which was released in Australia last month with an R18+ rating. After considering submissions from the AFA and the film's distributor, Accent Film Entertainment, the CRB exercised its discretion not to hear the application on the basis that it was out of time. In considering the out-of-time application and after viewing the film, the CRB considered there was virtually no prospect of the film's classification changing or banning the film from Australian audiences.

We are delighted with the decision, Accent spokesman Dean O'Flaherty said. This is a great decision for freedom of artistic expression and the right of adult Australian filmgoers to see internationally acclaimed films like Irreversible without having to leave the country.

Most of the criticism of Irreversible centred on a graphic and extremely violent nine-minute rape scene. The confronting film tells a troubling story about fate and the wrong choices made by three decent people during a single night of partying that plunge them into a nightmare.

Irreversible was first released in Australia on Thursday, February 12, to above-average box office figures, with a screen average in Sydney and Melbourne of $10,427 on its opening weekend. The film had previously been released in more than 21 territories worldwide, including the United States and Britain, completely uncut and as originally edited by its acclaimed director.

If banned, Irreversible would have joined US film Ken Park, which was banned from Australian screens last year because of its depictions of teenage sex, incest and auto-erotic asphyxiation. And in 2002, the explicit French film Baise Moi was banned after complaints that its R18 classification was too soft.


29th March

  Australian X

Based on an a sensationalist article from The Sydney Morning Herald

Overseas satellite television broadcasters are beaming 24-hour pornography channels - including hard-core broadcasts - for subscriptions of $5 a week.

The Herald has confirmed that European and Asian-based broadcasters are buying time on an Australian satellite service, New Skies Satellite, to telecast X-rated pornography on channels with titles such as Free-XTV, Blue Kiss, InXWorld, Sexz TV and Back Room.

Distributors are advertising the service, which they say is "like pay TV", for a $450 installation cost including a decoder box, and an annual $250 subscription. The promoters claim none of the licensing authorities - the Australian Communications Authority and the Australian Broadcasting Authority - nor the Office of Film and Literature Classification have the jurisdiction to monitor or ban the content.

New Skies is owned by a Dutch firm but has an operating company in Sydney. A spokesman confirmed yesterday its frequency was licensed in Australia by the ACA but defended its broadcast policy: We're just a wholesaler. We have nothing to do with the content.

One Perth-based distributor, The Mod Shop, advertises permanent access to 24/7 broadcast of hardcore erotic movies covering all genres: straight, fetishism, interracial, lesbo, orgies, hardcore adult entertainment. When contacted yesterday, a staff member said the service was legal because it was not covered by any Australian laws. We are telling our customers that it's the same as watching an X-rated video at home. You can watch it in privacy, provided it is not shown publicly or to minors. We have been dealing with the ACA and ABA and the censorship board says it doesn't fall within their jurisdiction."

A spokesman for the ABA said the board had discussed the issue last Thursday, had sought legal advice and was about to launch an investigation: We are aware of these services and have decided to instigate an investigation. We have legal advice that the services, though broadcast from overseas, still fall within the Broadcasting Services Act.

A spokesman for the Office of Film and Literature Classification said that because the services were broadcast rather than on film, they did not fall within its jurisdiction. A spokesman for the ACA said: We license the carrier, but not in terms of content.

The office of the Minister for Communications, Daryl Williams, said it was aware of the controversy and was investigating. Those who provide services that broadcast programs to Australia from another country have the same obligations under the BSA as broadcasters who provide the same service locally, a spokeswoman said.


29th March

  Police Obscenity in Brunei

From Brunei Direct

Brunei police swooped on obscene VCD sellers operating in a shop at Kg Sungai Hanching and confiscated over 200 videos and warned the public against purchasing such illegal material.

This was the biggest "catch" police landed in recent times. DCO Yakub of Berakas Police leading the raid on a tip off by the public said all the seized items would be sent to the censor board to be categorised and then destroyed accordingly. He said besides obscene videos, the police are also on the trail of sadistic ‘Acts of Violence’ movies, which will also be confiscated and destroyed.

The public was put on high alert and was instructed to inform the nearest police station if they have any information on such operations.

The raid, which also had the assistance of the CID successfully, combed the suspected areas before moving into the Sg Hanching where they discovered hoards of Filipino and Thai X-rated VCDs and DVDs.

According to the Police, the local cashiers who worked at the premises were well aware of the illegal operation. The errant VCDs and DVDs were disguised as normal movies with innocent covers with little indication to show what they contained.

Only a small indication in a form of a small label indicated to those interested what the videos contained.

Warning the public DCO Yakob further said such obscene movies, while being against the rules and regulations of this country, will also corrupt our younger generation and lead them to try out immoral activities. Sadistic violent movies will on the other hand encourage violence and promote little regard to human life.


21st March

  Keep Your Mouth Shut in Singapore

From  Yahoo News

Singapore may decriminalize oral sex between men and women, a government minister said recently, but homosexual oral sex looks set to stay illegal.

The move follows a highly publicized case of a 27-year-old policeman jailed for two years in November for receiving consensual oral sex from a 15-year-old girl. That case provoked rare public criticism of Singapore's government. Protests over the law filled newspaper forum pages and buzzed in Internet chat rooms. In an earlier case detailed in the Straits Times a wife tried to punish her unfaithful husband by performing oral sex on him and then reporting him to the police.

In parliament Junior Home Affairs Minister Ho Peng Kee said the law could be revised in two to three months. One option being considered is to decriminalize consensual oral sex between a male and female so long as it is done in private and both of them are above 16 years of age, Ho said.

But a lingering ban on homosexual fellatio could stoke controversy at time when Singapore is emerging as an Asian gay entertainment hub following the opening of a number of gay-friendly cafes and clubs. Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong made a low-key acknowledgement last year that gays now worked in the public service.

Critics have pointed out the irony of the law in a country where prostitution remains legal. Ho said the law was mostly used to prosecute cases involving minors, or mentally and physically handicapped people.

Singapore is relaxing other laws such as rules on bungee-jumping, bar-top dancing and chewing gum in a bid to shake off its stuffy image and lure foreign professionals.


9th March

  Land of the Not So Free

War mongering is considered fine yet a glimpse of a nipple causes outrage

From  AVN

Today the Senate Commerce Committee is expected to approve their version of a bill that will raise fines for broadcasts that violate FCC regulations. The House passed their version last week and a vote on the floor is expected the House this week.

The Senate version of the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, introduced by Senator Sam Brownback, is expected to be less severe than the House counterpart. The present form of the bill calls for raising fines for the broadcast of indecent material from $27,500 to $275,000 with a limit of a $3 million fine for any one incident.

The House version of the bill originally called for raising fines up to $275,000, but after Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl Sunday half-time display of her right breast, the penalties were raised.

Jackson's faux pas launched Congressional investigations into the state of broadcast indecency, encouraging the House to raise their penalties, and creating an atmosphere of fear in broadcast radio and television.

A handful of deejays have already been fired for actions that would have previously been fined. Howard Stern has said that he expects to be fired sometime this week. Last week the FCC said they were close to wrapping up several indecency investigations, one of which targeted violations by Stern.

The Senate draft was written after Super Bowl Sunday, on Feb. 9, but reports suggest that the Senate won't push as hard as the House. The Senate is reportedly wary of the license revocation clause that was included in the House bill as well as possible First Amendment concerns regarding fining individuals rather than corporations.


29th February

 Irreversible  in Australia

Thanks to Andrew

Irreversible   is causing a real storm over here in Oz; had blanket coverage in the papers and on TV lately. It has been passed UNCUT with an R Rating but will have very limted release.

From  The Age

When screened at last year's French Film Festival, the rape scene in Irreversible   sent people running from the cinema. Some complained that the warnings about the film's content were not sufficiently strong.

Personally, the film left me breathless and disturbed. It contained both the most violent act I'd ever seen in a film, and the most brutal portrayal of a rape, even outdoing the gang rape in the 1988 Jonathan Kaplan film The Accused . It also struck me as a mature, adult film with a serious theme about that eternally topical question: what drives ordinary people to commit unspeakable acts of violence?

Impressed by the power of the film - written, directed, shot and edited by Gaspar Noe - I enthused about it to friends and colleagues but was convinced the film was going to have a great deal of trouble getting passed by the Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) and the Classification Review Board. Recent controversies over certain films made it hard to predict what would happen.

In 2000, Catherine Breillat's Romance was initially Refused Classification before the Review Board overturned the decision and gave it an R. Adrian Lyne's Lolita received an R rating and the call to have it banned was rejected in review. Last year, Larry Clark's confronting Ken Park was Refused Classification because it had a bit too much real sex in it. The decision was appealed but upheld by the Classification Review Board.

The most controversial recent judgement, however, came in 2002 with the French film Baise Moi . This low-budget, hardcore retelling of Thelma and Louise first earned an R. At the prompting of the then Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, the film was sent to the Classification Review Board. Two weeks after the film's release, the R rating was rescinded and the film was taken off screens.

At that point, about 50,000 people had seen the film.

Given all this, it was hard to make a call on the fate of a film as confronting and disturbing as Irreversible . I frankly didn't hold out much hope, given the extreme violence and the brutality of the rape. When the OFLC assesses a film, they use the measures of "low", "medium" and "high" to determine the degree of violence, sex, drug use and coarse language. It is, of course, subjective. What one person regards as high-level violence in a film, another may deem medium. The intensity of Irreversible seemed destined for a rating of too high.

However, the film was passed without incident before Christmas, getting an R rating. Considering the recent classification controversies, one may be tempted to promptly interpret this as a shifting of the sands regarding film classification.

Yet the director of the OFLC, Des Clark, says the Irreversible rating was the result of applying standard guidelines to the film. He adds that narrative and dramatic context is important with such extreme content, especially in the portrayal of sexual violence, which is strictly forbidden in porn films. This film is very confronting and we look at the context and the impact of the film, so we do look at the drama of it. But in evaluating Irreversible , there were three elements that were of concern to the board. One was the sexual violence; two was the violence; and three was the (real) sexual activity in the film.

The sexual violence was very confronting in the rape scene with the knife and then the bashing after that. You don't see any detail in any of that. The detail that you see is, in fact, when she is taken to the hospital and you see the consequences of the bashing. As much as it's a very dramatic scene, it is simulated. You don't see a lot but you do have a very realistic sense of threat and menace. Within the impact test for an R-rating, it's very high.

In a daring move, director Gaspar Noe digitally painted in an erect penis immediately after the rape to heighten the horror. Too much of that kind of detail is the type of thing that could have pushed Irreversible over the line but the fact that the director focused on creating a graphic impression instead of dwelling on graphic detail made a big difference.

So much for the sexual violence of Irreversible. Clark also addresses the violence of that shocking opening sequence. The board said in relation to that: 'In the board's view, the impact of this scene is high, due to the graphic visual nature of the violence together with realistic sound effects. Despite the darkened surrounds, the act of crushing the man's face is depicted in medium shot and is the main focus of the scene.

The general rule regarding sexual activity in film is that simulated is fine but actual sex is not. However, Clark admits after some pressing of the point, there has been some loosening up. The passing of Romance , which featured real sex, seems to represent a modest watershed in this regard. I suppose that did represent a shift, and there have been a few films since then which, in terms of impact and context, would have had small amounts of actual sexual activity in them. But it's not a huge ground shift. So yes, there has been a few films where this has happened but the board generally takes a fairly conservative view on actual sexual content and violence."

Baise Moi also featured real sexual activity and Irreversible does feature glimpses of men masturbating in the gay club. Those scenes, Clark explains, were acceptable because they constituted peripheral sexual activity but that was really background to the main action. There is a very, very small amount of peripheral, actual sexual activity. It's very small, nothing like that in Romance or Ken Park .

Given that the OFLC classifies hundreds upon hundreds of publications, video games and films each year without drawing any attention, it is decisions over films such as Irreversible that put the OFLC and its processes under intense scrutiny. Clark openly welcomes it.
We just seek to be consistent in our decision making, so there's no ground shift or anything particularly special about this film. It's just another decision that the board has made.


28th February

  15 Police Censors in Singapore

From The Guardian

The 27-year-old Singaporean film-maker Royston Tan is not obvious as a threat to national security. He has more than two dozen awards and his debut feature film, 15, last year became the first movie from Singapore to compete at the Venice film festival.

15 is the best Singaporean work for the last few years, said Philip Cheah, director of the Singapore international film festival, of the drama about a teenage gang of misfits struggling to survive in the abandoned underbelly of the city state's supposedly squeaky-clean society.

But Singapore's police, reflecting the government's obsession with social order and national stability, dubbed the film a threat to national security.

Much of 15, which is cast with real teenage gang members, has no discernible plot, due partly to the fact that one of the stars was arrested for stabbing another gang member halfway through filming. It is a no-holds-barred, fly-on-the-wall part-documentary, part-drama of their unconventional lifestyle. One "actor" repeatedly slashes his wrists with a box cutter, another forces a condom packed with drugs down his throat to smuggle overseas, two pierce each others' faces to insert studs and one squirms as he gets a rudimentary tattoo.

The act of inflicting pain on themselves is like a form of rebellion, Tan said. I think I do have a responsibility [to intervene] but I have a greater responsibility to tell the audience how they lead their lives.

The police were concerned about scenes which featured real-life gang chants which had resulted in gang fights when they were sung in public places, said a spokeswoman for the Media Development Authority, which oversees censorship. The film also named actual secret societies and their operational grounds which the police felt would serve to promote and give prominence to these gangs.

The censorship board reportedly wanted only one cut before approving 15's release in Singapore, a brief shot of a 17cm (7in) penis, while the police insisted on 26 further deletions. After four months of deliberations 15 was released with about 10 of its 100 minutes expunged, but with an 18 rating and not in suburban cinemas.

Tan had prepared a version for Singapore with the penis and a few other shots deleted but was not prepared for the scale of the controversy. But he says he is unable to discuss the way his film was treated. I've been advised not to talk about censorship, that we should move on, he said, admitting only that one of the stars, Shaun Tan (no relation), had told him police had interrogated him. Shaun [told me he] was threatened to be stripped and have cold water poured over him if he didn't give the answers they wanted," he said. "It's strange I haven't been questioned. I offered myself but they didn't want to speak to me.

The police declined to comment on this allegation.


26th February

  Black Market for Queensland

From  The Age

A leading criminologist says Queensland's censorship laws are creating a "porn mafia" more dominant in the state than anywhere else. Bond University criminologist Professor Paul Wilson will use the opening of the Sexpo National Exhibition in Brisbane on Thursday to call for change to Queensland's censorship laws.

Prof Wilson said Queensland was the only state in Australia to operate a separate publications censorship regime to that of the federal government, creating a two-tiered system open to abuse. As an example, a video or publication may be deemed illegal to sell in Queensland, but not illegal to own if the product is purchased interstate or overseas.

According to Prof Wilson, a huge demand for illegal publications and adult videos has spurned a lucrative black market trade across the state, at places including adult shops, weekend markets, and internet and mail order services. Dubbing traders in such goods as the "porn mafia", Prof Wilson said such people also engaged in activities including spamming unwanted pornography e-mails to those who do not want them, including children.

Is this what our state politicians wanted when they introduced such a censorial regime? Prof Wilson says in a speech delivered on Friday. Do they want both business and the public to flout the laws of the land in massive proportions? Do they also want to create something more sinister, an Australian porn mafia? My sources tell me that the so-called porn mafia are larger and more widespread in this state than probably anywhere else in the country.

Prof Wilson said a 2002 Latrobe University survey found 25 per cent of Queenslanders regularly watched X-rated films, and 13 per cent of adults in the Brisbane electorate were on X-rated mailing lists in Canberra - the highest percentage in the country.

He said the Queensland Office of Fair Trading, which was responsible for setting and monitoring censorship laws, was ineffective in controlling the problem. Prof Wilson said a uniform, national censorship regime was needed. The solutions for Queensland are obvious, he said. Allow the sale of film and print material that are legally classified by the federal authorities in this state.


22nd February

  Transparency In Ireland

From The Sunday Times

Ireland’s film censor plans to overhaul the classification system so that parents can tell the level of sex, violence or bad language in movies. John Kelleher plans to launch a website listing every movie passed by his office with accompanying advice describing its content. Film posters will also have to carry warnings alerting viewers to scenes of sex, violence, drug use or bad language.

The film censor’s plans are modelled on the British classification system, which provides detailed explanations of its decisions and gives consumer advice on individual films. I think most people have a broad idea (what the classifications mean) but they can’t relate them to particular films — we haven’t explained them in the context of specific films, said Kelleher . There are parents who are more concerned about one thing rather than another, like sex scenes.

The website is one aspect of Kelleher’s plans to make his office more consumer friendly. The job has hitherto been low profile with no onus on the film censor to explain his decisions. Kelleher has commissioned research to establish what film viewers want from classifications and will draw up guidelines based on the findings. Part of our research project is to discover whether the existing classifications are understood and acceptable and, if not, how we can make them more consumer friendly, he said. I would like to see this office move towards being a consumer advice operation rather than a restrictive censorship process .

Kelleher has already made film distributors insert cautions on movie posters. Mystic River , Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated film, carries the warning “contains violent scenes”. Posters for Song for a Raggy Boy, which contains a scene where a teenage boy is raped in a lavatory cubicle, bears the caution this film contains scenes of explicit violence which may disturb some viewers.

The film censor has been prompted to put these warnings on some films partly because of the change in 2001 in film classification that replaced the PG, 12 and 15 certificates with 12PG and 15PG. The difference between a 15 and a 15PG certificate is that children younger than 15 can see a film classified 15PG as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

However, in the absence of further information about the film, it is difficult for parents to gauge whether there is sexual or violent content in the movie unsuitable for their children.

The BBFC provides detailed explanations of its decisions on its website and gives consumer advice for individual films. For example, the website says that Lost In Translation , which is rated 15 in the UK, “contains moderate nudity and sex references”. Cold Mountain , starring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, is classified 15 in Britain and the advice on the BBFC website is that it “contains strong sex and violence”. Both films are certified 15PG in Ireland.


21st February

  Denying the bleedin' Obvious

From tele-satellite

MTV are to limit some videos to late night slots

In the aftermath of Janet Jackson's controversial Super Bowl breast exposure, MTV said on February 9 it has moved six of its racier videos from daytime to late-night rotation. Record labels for Britney Spears and other artists whose videos were consigned to overnight programming - from 22:00 until 06:00 - were informed of the move last week, a spokeswoman for the network said. She denied that MTV was engaging in self-censorship or responding to pressure from its corporate parent,

Viacom Inc. MTV's sister broadcast network CBS, which aired the February 1 Super Bowl telecast, reacted by implementing a five-minute delay for its broadcast a week later of the Grammy Awards.


16th February

  Deaf to Freedom

From The Palm Beach Post

The Bush administration has decided that people with bad hearing have bad judgment, too, and need special guidance from the federal government.

So the U.S. Department of Education is declaring about 200 television programs inappropriate for closed-captioning and denying federal grant requests to make them accessible to the hearing-impaired.

The department made its decisions based on the recommendations of a five-member panel. Who the five members are, only the government seems to know, and it isn't saying. But the shows they censored suggest a perspective that is Talibanesque.

The government is refusing to caption Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie , apparently fearing that the deaf would fall prey to witchcraft if they viewed the classic sitcoms.

Your government also believes that Law & Order is too intense for the hard-of-hearing. So is Power Rangers. You can rest easy knowing that your federal tax dollars aren't being spent to promote Sanford and Son, Judge Wapner's Animal Court and The Loretta Young Show within the deaf community. Kids with hearing problems can forget about watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , classic cartoons or Nickelodeon features. Even Roy Rogers and Robin Hood are out.

Sports programming took a heavy hit, too. The government has decided that people with hearing problems don't need to watch NASCAR, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League or Professional Golf Association tournaments.

The National Association of the Deaf says the government used to caption these shows but abruptly changed course, deciding that the shows don't fit the required definition of "educational, news or informational" programming.

They've suddenly narrowed down the definition of those three kinds of programming without public input, says Kelby Brick, director of the NAD's law and advocacy center. Basically, the department wants to limit captioning to puritan shows. The department wants to ensure that deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals are not exposed to any non-puritan programming. Never mind that the rest of the country is allowed to be exposed.

The censorship raises baffling questions about who gets in and who's left out. The government has rejected Nancy Drew but is accepting Andy Hardy. Cory the Clown has won approval, but the Cisco Kid is toast. Charlie Rose and Rod Serling are worthy of captions, but Catherine Crier and Dominick Dunne aren't. Go figure.

The Department of Education is refusing to reveal the names of the panel members whose opinions determined the caption grants and also won't disclose the new guidelines. By every appearance, the government has changed its definition of what constitutes a caption-worthy program. But it's keeping the new rules secret.

" They apparently used a panel of five individuals and then made the censorship decisions based on the individuals' recommendations," Mr. Brick says. We have found the identity of one of the panelists. This individual tells us that he never knew he was on such a panel and that his views would be used for censorship. No panel was convened. The five panelists were contacted individually and separately.


4th February

  Jackson's Stand Proud

From Fox News

The chief federal regulator of broadcasting said Monday he is supposedly outraged by the Super Bowl halftime show which wound up with singer Justin Timberlake tearing off part of Janet Jackson's costume, exposing her breast

Janet Jackson's nipple Timberlake blamed a "wardrobe malfunction," but Federal Communications Commission chief Michael Powell called it "a classless, crass and deplorable stunt." MTV, which produced the show, and CBS, which broadcast it, both said they had no idea that their halftime show Sunday night would include such a display.

The two singers were performing a flirtatious duet to end the halftime show, with Timberlake singing, "Rock Your Body," and the lines he sang at the moment of truth were: I'm gonna have you naked by the end of this song.

With that, Timberlake reached across Jackson's leather gladiator outfit and pulled off the covering to her right breast, which was partially obscured by a sun-shaped, metal nipple decoration.

The network quickly cut away from the shot, and did not mention the exposure on the air.

Janet Jackson's nipple decoration In a statement, nutter Powell said, I am outraged at what I saw during the halftime show of the Super Bowl. Like millions of Americans, my family and I gathered around the television for a celebration. Instead, that celebration was tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable stunt. Our nation's children, parents and citizens deserve better.

I have instructed the commission to open an immediate investigation into last night's broadcast , he said, vowing it would be "thorough and swift." Earlier, an FCC spokeswoman, Suzanne Tetreault, said it was launching a routine investigation because it had received complaints.


25th January

  Canadians Stand Proud

From Yahoo News

A song lauding the joys of an "enormous penis" is not obscene because the object of the lyric's affection isn't necessarily sexual, a Canadian regulator ruled on Friday.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council was reacting to a complaint from a Calgary radio listener to a joke song that declared: I've got the cure for all of my blues/I take a look at my enormous penis/And my troubles start a-meltin' away.

The listener's complaint that the song was obscene fell flat before the council's members, who said the item did not break its code of ethics.

The discussion of penis size is not in and of itself sufficiently unequivocally a sexual matter that it can be said to be in breach of the code, the council said.

Calgary's CJAY-FM replied to the complaint by saying most of its core audience -- men from 18 to 49 -- enjoyed such items as "Enormous Penis" by Da Vinci's Notebook, which also features the line: I gotta sing and I dance/When I glance in my pants.


18th January

  Unpixellated Pubes

From Mainichi Daily News

Despite an adult movie industry that arguably stoops lower than any other country on earth, a perverse paradox means the law forbids the display of private parts. But now Japanese adult movie fans are free to watch their favorite flicks uncensored and unobstructed in the privacy of their own homes.

And all because of a totally unexpected source: Subscriber numbers have continued growing ever since we started in December 2002 and we have about 30,000 Japanese homes on our list. But, we're actually a network that beams programs to Guam and never really had any intention of trying to get Japanese customers, a spokesman for J-Wave Sat TV Inc said.

J-Wave has, however, been swamped with orders for its dishes in Japan, with demand so high that installations are made only after applicants spend a month on a waiting list. Internet applications to receive the service have also flooded in. J-Wave broadcasts six regular and two adult channels, the latter totally unobstructed by the digital blackout usually used in Japan, but now freely visible here.

Because J-Wave is intended to send programs to Guam, American regulations apply and there's no need for a mosaic to be applied. You can see the company's programs in Japan simply because the satellite it uses covers such a huge area, an adult movie industry writer says. Dishes cost in the vicinity of 35,000 yen, then all you need to do to watch is pay the monthly 6,000 yen charge to be able to watch all its programs. Most of the adult channel features are hardcore Western movies, but there're 90 titles a month, 35 of them new, that come from Japan.

We buy our movies from a company in the United States that manages movie rights. If the rights belong to a company in Japan, we always contact them and make sure we have their approval before the show airs. We haven't received a single complaint about the way we're running our business, " the J-Wave Sat spokesman said.


15th January

  Animated Censors

From The Telegraph

The publishers of Japan's Manga comics, which feature graphic sex scenes, were left reeling yesterday after a judge ruled that comics could constitute pornography.

The judge handed Motonori Kishi, the company president, a one-year suspended sentence for publishing a book, The Honey Room, that he ruled was mostly devoted to undisguised, detailed portrayals of sex scenes. no healthy society today could allow the book.

The author and book's editor also received fines as the judge said bodies were drawn in a lifelike manner with little attempt to conceal genitalia, making for sexually explicit expression and deeming the book pornographic matter . There will be an appeal.

Manga is one of modern Japan's most popular cultural inventions. Read by adults and children, Manga books and magazines cram shelves in convenience stores and bookshops and are the preferred reading in crowded railway carriages.

Until now, the Manga industry has escaped any censorship though it has attracted criticism from abroad for portraying scenes such as child rape.

The Honey Room was published in 2002 with an initial print of 20,000 copies and sold across Japan. Such pornographic comics, advertised as for adults only, form a significant sector of the Manga market.

The publishers defended The Honey Room on the grounds of freedom of expression and argued that drawings could not be considered as lifelike as photographs or video images


15th January

  Bloody Nutters

Based on an article from Mediawatch-UK

Swearing on mainstream television could be outlaws in the US.  A proposed law would forbid seven of the supposedly worst profanities and impose stiff fines on broadcasters who ignore it.  Nutters in the UK media will watch its progress closely to see if similar action could be taken to censor language on British TV. 

The US legislation, the brainchild of Republican senator Doug Ose, comes after U2 singer Bono caused nutter outrage by swearing during a live broadcast of an awards show.  A survey of mainstream broadcasting over the first six months of last year by the pressure group mediawatch-uk found 'fuck' was used more than 1,400 times with more than 1000 other swearwords.  mediawatch-uk chairman, John Whatmore said: I have a lot of sympathy with the senator.  All the words he has listed are undesirable in public.  Church and moral groups would love to see a similar law here.’


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