Censors Busiest Year Ever
More material than ever was classified by the Office of Film and Literature Classification in the past year, up 9 percent from last year’s record.
The office examined and classified 2821 publications, according to its 2008 annual report, released today.
Sexual exploitation of children again topped the list of banned material, making up 49 percent of banned publications.
The office banned 16 percent of the publications it classified, restricted 72 percent and classified 12 percent as unrestricted.
Chief censor Bill Hastings said there was a large increase in submissions from the police of computer moving and non-moving images, and twice as many publications of this nature were classified objectionable as last year.
The office also carried out research with the Broadcasting Standards Authority of audience perceptions of violent content in films, DVDS, TV, the internet and mobile phones.
Mr Hastings said the research findings underlined the importance of the present classification system in assisting the public to make informed viewing choices.
The Classification Act requires that the Office of Film and Literature Classification minimises the risk to New Zealand society caused by the unrestricted availability of publications depicting matters such as sex, horror, crime, cruelty and violence.
The publications of most interest to members of the public and the media during the year were the feature film Hostel II, the digital game Grand Theft Auto IV, and book The Peaceful Pill Handbook (New Revised International Edition). [stuff]