The Ghana National film Authority has issued a public announcement that suggests that Telenovelas and other unclassified movies would not be showing on our screens from 1st May 2021
The Ghana National film Authority has released a public statement indicating that no television station, cinema theatre, or movie screening center shall show any unclassified audio-visual contents.
According to the national film authority, they are going to put strict compliance to the development and classification of film act 935 that states ‘all audiovisual contents shall be previewed and classified before exhibition’.
In the press statement signed by Sacrote Safo, the National Film Authority would now scrutinize and classify all contents before they are shown on TV.
By this, all TV shows that do not conform to the social-cultural, national aspirations, and moral standards of Ghana shall be rejected.
What that means is, all TV shows that portray the culture of other countries would not be allowed to show on our screens from 1st May.
By these, it means all telenovelas would be stopped.
In a bid to achieve this, the Telenovelas will have to be put into the unclassified audiovisual content which the laws will have no other choice but to ban them from showing on free-to-air Television, Cinema theatres, movie centers, film libraries, etc in Ghana.
For some time now, movie industry players have been advocating for telenovelas to be stopped on our screens.
Many believe it’s part of the reason why our local movie industry is no thriving well.
It appears as a way to push this agenda, this is the National Film Authority’s way of stopping telenovelas.
The statement reads
NATIONAL FILM AUTHORITY
As it is stated in the Development and Classification of Film Act 935, all audiovisual content shall be previewed and classified before the exhibition. After several consultations with various stakeholders of the audiovisual industry in Ghana, the general public is hereby expected to note the following:
- From 1st May 2021, no television station, cinema theatre or movie screening center shall show any unclassified audio-visual content.
- Such audio-visual content includes feature films, short films, TV series, selected TV programs, documentaries, advertisements, music videos meant for public exhibition and broadcasting.
- A right owner, licensee, or assignee who desires to exhibit audio-visual content shall submit the content to the Film Classification Committee for examination and classification at least twenty-one days before the intended exhibition.
- Anyone who fails to comply with the set rules shall be subject to the Offences and Penalties in Section 27 of the Development and Classification of Film Act 935.
REPUBLIC OF GHANA
Signed Socrate Safo
Chairman Film Classification Committee
MINISTRY OF TOURISM. ARTS &CULTURE