Finas CEO clarifies statement, says did not advocate censoring Netflix

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 17 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: National Film Development Corporation (Finas) CEO Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri has clarified his suggestion to regulate digital content on streaming platforms such as Netflix.

He said he had only proposed for a collaboration between Finas and National Council of Women's Organisations to organise a forum or seminar to debate the issue in the context to strengthen digital content in the future.

"I said I took note of complaints raised by parents in the cyber era who asked about uncensored content," he said on Twitter Sunday (Nov 17).

His proposal attracted criticism after he reportedly urged the government to censor digital contents of popular streaming platforms following complaints from parents.

Several actors and industry players have criticised such proposals, including Harith Iskandar who said "this is what happened when we grow up entitled, not learning how to compete."

Actor Tony Eusoff tweeted, "Please don't do this la Finas. Parents want to complain to regulate Netflix.

"Simple. This is not fair for everyone else. Parents please regulate your own kids lah!" he said.

Ahmad Idham reiterated that Finas has no power to censor content.

"However, in the context of digital content, Finas will find ways to strengthen local content so it will create a positive impact to the society and country," he said.

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