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Switzerland: Voters Reject Proposal to Abolish Public Broadcasting Fees

(Mar. 7, 2018) On March 4, 2018, Swiss voters rejected by a vote of 71.6% to 28.4% a popular initiative to abolish public broadcasting fees. Voter turnout was 54.4%. (Vorlage Nr. 617. Vorläufige amtliche Endergebnisse. Volksinitiative vom 11.12.2015 “Ja zur Abschaffung der Radio- und Fernsehgebühren (Abschaffung der Billag-Gebühren)” [Proposal No. 617, Preliminary Official Results: Popular […]

Italy: New Legislation Regulating the Audiovisual Sector

(Jan. 26, 2018) On December 28, 2017, three new Legislative Decrees (L.D.s) regulating the film and audiovisual sector were published in Italy, with an effective date of December 1, 2018. (L.D. No. 202 of December 7, 2017, Provisions on Employment in the Film and Audiovisual Sector; L.D. No. 203 of December 7, 2017, Reform of […]

Vietnam: New Rules on Media for Children

(Oct. 13, 2017) On October 1, 2017, a new Ministry of Information and Communications circular, issued by Minister Truong Minh Tuan on June 23, 2017, came into force in Vietnam. It has provisions on media designed for children and requires warnings for viewer or reader discretion related to material not suitable for them.  The rules […]

Italy: Electronic Card for Access to Cultural Activities

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 19, 2017, regulations on special electronic cards to be used to access cultural activities entered into effect in Italy.  (Decree No. 187 of the President of the Council of Ministers of September 15, 2016, Regulations on the Criteria and Modalities for the Allocation and Use of the Electronic Card as […]

China: First Law on Film Industry Effective in March

(Feb. 28, 2017) On November 7, 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Film Industry Promotion Law, the first national law regulating the country’s film industry.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Dianying Chanye Cujin Fa (promulgated on Nov. 7, 2016, effective on Mar. 1, 2017), State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, […]

Pakistan: Regulatory Authority Bans Two Ramadan Programs

(June 29, 2016) On June 17, 2016, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), an independent television and radio regulator, banned the transmission of two Ramadan TV specials, as one news report notes, for violating PEMRA’s Electronic Media Code of Conduct rules by “promoting controversial and sectarian views.” (Following Threats, PEMRA Puts a Lid on […]

Ukraine: New Law on TV Ownership

(Oct. 7, 2015) On September 3, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada (legislature) of Ukraine passed a Law that introduces detailed definitions of ownership and interest in television and other broadcast companies, provides for new rules on television station ownership, and establishes new financial disclosure requirements for owners. (Law No. 674-VIII on Amending the Legislative Acts of […]

Egypt: State Litigation Authority Rejects Request to Suspend a TV Show

(May 22, 2015) On May 19, 2015, Egypt’s State Litigation Authority rejected a petition submitted by Al Azhar (the main religious institution in Egypt) to suspend a television program. The petition accused the show’s host of deliberately criticizing religious symbols and influencing Muslims to doubt their beliefs. (A Memo of the State Litigation Authority Rejects […]

China: Control over Foreign Movies and TV Shows on Online Video Sites Tightened

(Sept. 22, 2014) China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT) recently issued a circular on strengthening control over foreign movies and TV shows on online Chinese video sites, according to a summary of the circular published on the media regulator’s official website on September 5, 2014. (Guojia Xinwen Chuban Guangdian Zongju […]