MTRCB: No permit to air Vice Ganda concert on free TV ~ Pinoy Media

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

MTRCB: No permit to air Vice Ganda concert on free TV

PhilStar reported that the Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has not received any application for permit to exhibit the “comedy bar humor” concert of comedian Vice Ganda that poke rape and weight at broadcast journalist Jessica Soho.

He clarified that the MTRCB has no jurisdiction over personalities.

“The balancing of free expression and creativity, on one hand, with audience-sensitivity and age-appropriate entertainment on the other, shall be addressed with self-regulation,” he said.

When asked if the concert violated the Magna Carta of Women on discriminatory and derogatory portrayal of women, Villareal answered, “That’s speculative at this point.”

In a memorandum Circular Gender Development Program 04-2013 — the MTRCB board invoking Presidential Decree No. 1986 directed TV stations to submit the gender development program to encourage the participation of the leaders of the various sectors of the movie and television industry to observe self-regulation in the conduct of their vital role in bringing communication and information to the public, consistent with their primary responsibilities under the law, the Magna Carta of Women in particular, and in their respective congressional broadcast franchisees, whenever applicable.

It said Section (g) of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Portrayal of Women in Media and Film, dated 28 March 2012, executed by and between the Board and several networks and entertainment outfits, provides that grantees of congressional broadcast franchise, as part of their corporate social responsibility, shall protect women against discrimination in media portrayal, develop positive images of women and men and eliminate stereotypes and discrimination, and use gender sensitive language and images on television programs and films.

The MTRCB invokes its power to inspect all public exhibitions of motion pictures, and in the light of its authority to exercise such powers and functions as may be necessary or incidental to the fulfillment of its mandate.

The MTRCB memo cited Section 14, Article II of the Philippine Constitution provides that the State recognizes the role of women in nation building, and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.

It cited Section 16, Chapter 4 of Republic Act No. 9710, otherwise known as the Magna Carta of Women, on “Non-discriminatory and Non-derogatory Portrayal of Women in Media and Film,” provides, among others, that the State shall endeavor to raise the consciousness of the general public in recognizing the dignity of women and the role and contribution of women in the family, community, and the society through the strategic use of mass media.

It shall require all media organizations and corporations to integrate into their human resource development components regular training on gender equality and gender-based discrimination, create and use gender equality guidelines in all aspects of management, training, production, information, dissemination, communication, and programming with the cooperation of all schools of journalism, information, and communication, as well as the national media federations and associations.

“Further to the ‘Best Practices’ policies and measures adopted by the Board on all matters pertaining to the movie and television industry, all television networks, film producers, block timers, and other media-content providers are directed to submit to the Board their respective Gender and Development Programs so that the Board will be properly guided in all of its actions when dealing with the regulated entity that is confronted by women’s and children’s issue.

The GAD Program shall be submitted to the Board within 30 days from April 15, 2013, unless, a different date of submission of such program is required under any adjudication before the Board,” the memo said.
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