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Youth protection "is not negotiable"

Published on: 26.06.13
Source: Kommission für Jugendmedienschutz (KJM), Pressemitteilung

In an ever more confusing media landscape, youth protection is a necessity. This acknowledgement united the discussants and guests of the anniversary celebration of the Commission for the Protection of Minors (KJM). They were invited to the Prinz-Carl-Palais in Munich on June 19th 2013. "The protection of our youth and of the human dignity is not negotiable," emphasised minister of state Thomas Kreuzer, head of the Bavarian state chancellery, in his keynote lecture. This protection is best ensured on the basis of a three-pillar model: Sanctions for violations, prevention and the improvement of the media literacy of minors and guardians.

The Commission for the Protection of Minors has been responsible for the sanctions for violations against the Interstate Treaty on the Protection of Minors from Harmful Media (JMStV) since 2003. With the KJM, the federal states created, for the first time, a shared supervision of private radio broadcasting and teleservices ten years ago. KJM chairman Siegfried Schneider honored the Commission's work as a collaborative success "that rests on, among other things, the heterogeneous structure of the Commission. With foresight, a composition with representatives of the federal union and the states was elected back then which has proven to be very effective." An important component of the success, said Schneider, were the self-regulation bodies. It was the right regulatory decision to rely on the companies' self-responsibility and to ensure the adherence to the statutory provisions with the supervisory role. With an eye towards the global Internet, it is just as necessary to demand more self-responsibility, for example in the form of self-commitment of companies, on an international level, said Schneider.

Please see the complete press release (only in German) here: Press release KJM

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