Censorship guidelines prioritise quality, says Home Minister

PUTRAJAYA: The new Film Censorship Board (LPF) guidelines will allow films to maintain their quality and creativity while preventing any negative impact on sensitive matters, says the Home Minister.

Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the improvement focuses on three main pillars: safety and security; religion; and moral and sociocultural issues.

He said the new guidelines were formulated to allow industry players and filmmakers to produce quality work while maintaining their creativity and skills.

“With the new guidelines, it is hoped that local filmmakers will produce films with high quality and aesthetic values.

“It should not have a negative impact on matters that touch on the safety and security of the public, religious sensitivity or the sociocultural structure of the public,” he said when launching the LPF guidelines here yesterday.

Saifuddin explained that the guidelines, which replaced the 2010 version, were updated and improved to balance the rapid development of digital technology in the film industry.

Furthermore, he stated that the revisions were intended to address the increasingly complex social issues that can influence teenagers and children in a negative way.

“This is not a unilateral decision. The engagement process was conducted with all levels of stakeholders in the local film industry,” he added.

He stressed that the new guidelines must ensure that matters enshrined in the Federal Constitution are not disputed in the content of any film.

As of last year, LPF received 11,439 censorship applications, covering films, advertisements, television station content and film publicity materials.

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