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Censorship and Entertainments Control Act
as at May 01, 2004

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Law 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 May, 2002.
The provisions affected by those amendments are:-

Amending Act Effect on this Act
Act No. 9 of 1997 Section 20 repealed and substituted
Act No. 22 of 2001 Amendments 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 provision).

In addition section 32 of the Act has been revised in order to incorporate a consequential amendment overlooked in Act No. 22 of 2001.


CHAPTER 10:04
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.

AN 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.

[Date of commencement: 1st December, 1967.]

Arrangement of Sections

PART I
PRELIMINARY


1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.

PART II
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.

PART III
FILMS AND RECORDED VIDEO OR FILM MATERIAL

8. 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.

PART IV
PUBLICATIONS, PICTURES, STATUES AND RECORDS

13. 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.

PART V
PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENTS

16. Prohibition of public entertainments unless approved.

PART VI
PROHIBITED EXHIBITIONS AND ENTERTAINMENTS

17. Prohibition of certain exhibitions and entertainments.

PART VII
APPEALS

18. Establishment of Appeal Board.
19. Appeal to Appeal Board.
20. Questions of law may be referred to Supreme Court.
21. Certificate prohibiting disclosure.

PART VIII
GENERAL

22. 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 Gazette.
30. When ignorance of Board's declaration a defence.
31. Evidence.
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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