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and Entertainments Control Act
as at May 01, 2004
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Reviser's Note on amendments to the Act since the Revised Edition (1996)
This version of the Act, reflecting the position as at the 1st May, 2004,
includes the amendments made by the Magistrates Court Amendment Act, 1997
(No. 9 of 1997), with effect from the 10th October, 1997, and the Criminal
Penalties Amendment Act, 2001 (No. 22 of 2001) with effect from the 20th
The provisions affected by those amendments are:-
on this Act
No. 9 of 1997
20 repealed and substituted
No. 22 of 2001
to sections 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28, 34 and 35 (all
inserting penalty provisions) and 32 (repeal of former general penalty
addition section 32 of the Act has been revised in order to incorporate
a consequential amendment overlooked in Act No. 22 of 2001.
CENSORSHIP AND ENTERTAINMENTS CONTROL ACT
Acts 37/1967, 59/1971, 52/1972, 39/1973 (s. 30), 60/1973, 42/1976 (s.
7), 41/1978 (s. 6), 32/1979 (s. 4), 29/1981 (s. 59), 6/1983, 26/1989,
9/1997 (s. 10), 22/2001 (s. 4);
R.G.N. 124/1974; S.I. 694/1981.
ACT to regulate and control the public exhibition of films, the importation,
production, dis-semination and possession of undesirable or prohibited
video and film material, publications, pic-tures, statues and records
and the giving of public entertainments; to regulate theatres and like
places of public entertainment in the interests of safety; and to provide
for matters incidental to the foregoing.
of commencement: 1st December, 1967.]
1. Short title.
ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF BOARD OF CENSORS
3. Board of Censors.
4. Functions of Board.
5. Committees of Board.
6. Advisers and officers of Board and committees.
7. Remuneration, etc.
FILMS AND RECORDED VIDEO OR FILM MATERIAL
Interpretation in Part III.
9. Prohibition of unapproved films.
10. Powers of Board in respect of films.
11. Certificate of approval of films and film advertisements.
12. Prohibited films.
PUBLICATIONS, PICTURES, STATUES AND RECORDS
Prohibition of importation, production and dissemination of undesirable
publications, pictures, statues and records.
14. Power of Board to examine publications, pictures, statues and records
and to declare them undesir-able or to declare publication or record prohibited.
15. Future periodical publications.
Prohibition of public entertainments unless approved.
PROHIBITED EXHIBITIONS AND ENTERTAINMENTS
Prohibition of certain exhibitions and entertainments.
Establishment of Appeal Board.
19. Appeal to Appeal Board.
20. Questions of law may be referred to Supreme Court.
21. Certificate prohibiting disclosure.
Board may alter or reverse its decisions.
23. Minister may alter decisions of Board and Appeal Board.
24. Admission of certain persons free of charge.
25. Seizure of articles for examination by Board.
26. Prohibition of possession of prohibited articles.
27. Prohibition of restricted person.
28. Display or advertisement of restrictions imposed by Board.
29. Exemption or declaration not invalidated by failure to publish in
30. When ignorance of Board's declaration a defence.
32. Offences and penalties.
33. Determination of what is indecent or obscene or offensive or harmful
to public morals.
34. Regulations generally.
35. Regulations relating to theatres.
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