Finas calls for law to regulate contents on Netflix and VOD

Finas CEO Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri says this censorship of internet entertainment had been raised during its meeting with the Film Censorship Board. (AFP pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The authorities should consider introducing a law to regulate the contents of films and programmes provided through digital platforms, particularly Video on Demand (VOD) or video streaming providers, said National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas).

Finas CEO Ahmad Idham Ahmad Nadzri said the introduction of such a law was necessary as digital contents from providers such as Netflix, which has a wider network compared to local television, were uncensored.

“The development of our children’s minds is still at risk if we only control the contents of local media platforms while the online contents of international programmes are accessible to all.

“This contradicts Finas’ direction in producing contents laden with good values,” he told reporters after officiating a seminar on families’ well-being here today.

Idham said Finas had raised this issue during its meeting with the Film Censorship Board.

Meanwhile, he said Finas is planning to hold more awareness programmes for industry players that emphasise the importance of mutual responsibility in broadcasting contents that can stimulate the minds of the people.