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Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain$
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Julian Petley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625383

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625383.001.0001

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Doing Harm

Doing Harm

(p.109) Chapter 9 Doing Harm
Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Julian Petley

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter highlights that Juice was later separated for particular praise for its moral stance by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). It also explores the works on how the Board operated under the improved Video Recordings Act. The role of the press in the censorship process looms large in the Annual Report. The BBFC's pusillanimity in the face of newspaper campaigns against certain films, or certain kinds of films, is all the more puzzling since its report to Michael Howard actually contains some very useful snapshots of real public opinion properly gathered, and not populist ranting posing in the press as ‘public opinion’. Panics which the BBFC itself openly admits are ill-founded but which it treats as a symptom of ‘public opinion’ rather than dismissing them with the contempt such populist antics deserve.

Keywords:   censorship, press, Juice, British Board of Film Classification, Video Recordings Act, Annual Report, newspaper campaigns, Michael Howard, public opinion

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