Media Freedom Activist & Consultant Sekoetlane Phamodi says the reasons provided by the Film and Publication Board's appeal tribunal over it's X18 classification of the controversial film Inxeba, are questionable.
The board’s appeal tribunal has overturned the age restriction to include a classification of sex, language, nudity, violence and prejudice.
An X18 rating means that the movie will not be shown in cinemas and can only be distributed from designated adult premises.
The tribunal says "The target market, which in our view is the 16-year-old, is not reasonably familiar with the practices of initiation schools as described by the appellants. We are persuaded in that preexposure to such acts of sexual conduct is harmful and disturbing to this age group."
Phamodi says there appears to be some bias in its reasoning.
They do raise some questions around the calibre of adjudicators sitting on the appeal tribunal.— Sekoetlane Phamodi, Media Freedom Activist & Consultant
We actually must say the FPB and the classifications committee itself has really been good at doing its job an expediting it efficiently, its just that we now have a decision here which clearly undermines the right to freedom of expression.— Sekoetlane Phamodi, Media Freedom Activist & Consultant
What is clearly happening here is that the appeals tribunal is doing what it can to frustrate any opportunity of this film being viewed and any opportunity of people engaging with the substantive matter that is presented to the public and that is wrong.— Sekoetlane Phamodi, Media Freedom Activist & Consultant
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