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Julian Brazier (Con) is a senior backbencher and a Catholic.
From CFNews: In a letter, mediawatch-uk writes to us : ''A very important Private Members' Bill has been introduced in Parliament by Julian Brazier MP (Canterbury), which aims to make the British Board of Film Classification more accountable to Parliament. For some time the BBFC has been classifying films with unacceptable levels of brutal violence, obscene language and some very explicit sexual conduct and nobody can do anything about it. mediawatch-uk believes that Mr Brazier's proposals are long overdue and we are supporting his efforts. Mr Brazier has specifically asked mediawatch-uk members to help him by writing letters to their Members of Parliament, or contacting www.writetothom.com, urging them to support his BBFC (Accountability to Parliament and Appeals) Bill which will be given a Second Reading on Friday 29 February 2008
Needless to say if we do not do all we can to support Mr Brazier we will only have ourselves to blame if the Board continues to classify ever-worsening material.
The British Board of Film Classification was set up in 1912 by the film industry and it assesses film content and rates the suitability of films for age appropriate viewing. It is currently funded by the industry through the fees payable to classify films. Since the 1960s the Board has adopted a progressively lenient approach. For example, this month the film 'How She Move', which includes 'strong language and soft drug use' was classified 12A! The Board's decisions have wide ramifications because not only do they set standards for the cinema they also set standards for television too. The main TV channels show around 3,000 films a year and now there are a number of satellite and cable channels dedicated to showing the latest movies.
We have said for a very long time that the Board is a law unto itself and should be accountable to Parliament. Mr Brazier's Bill will go some way to achieving this and we hope his Bill will lead to a regime of classification that is more responsible, promoting greater respect and civility in our society. Keith Vaz MP, Anne Widdecombe MP, Jim Dobbin MP and John Gummer MP among others are supporting the Bill. More information can be found at: http://services.parliament.uk/bills However, it should be understood that Private Members' Bills are vulnerable and do not always become law unless they are very well supported by other MPs. We would be very grateful indeed for donations towards this campaign, costing around £2,000. Website here