22 May 2014

Tanzania: Censorship of Music and Films Underway

THE Tanzania Film Censorship Board of the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports has said it will start censoring music and film works before they are released to the public.

The exercise which is set to start this week seeks to observe whether the music and films that are released to the public are certified, classified and have the required stamps.

This was said by Wilhad Tairo, Cultural Officer from The Tanzania Film Censorship Board of the Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture and Sports during the International cultural diversity day, which was commemorated on Wednesday.

"All works with no stamps, either mean the owner did not follow the required procedures for releasing them to the public or that work was illegally copied; hence will be removed from the market during this exercise," said Tairo.

"The process of formalizing the art works of our artistes began January, last year, where they were given six months to formalize their works so that they could be authorized to be released to the public," he added.

He said as of May 16 this year more than eight million stamps were dished out, meaning that more than eight million works in the market have been formalized.

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