Nawaikula calls for removal of $12k for film censorship

Opposition member of Parliament Niko Nawaikula during the parliament break yesterday. Picture: RAMA

It is the responsibility of parents to monitor what their children access on mobile phones, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told the Committee of Supply in Parliament yesterday.

He made the comment while responding to Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula’s motion to remove an allocation of $12,000 for film censorship expenses, under the Office of the Attorney-General in the 2020-2021 National Budget.

“The amount of $12,000 needs to be totally taken out, it’s useless,” Mr Nawaikula said while speaking on the motion.

“Our children continue to watch pornography in school, some secondary schoolboys are inviting schoolgirls to watch it with them.

“What is the use of having film censorship if it’s not stopping children from watching pornography and violence on their phones.”

In response, Mr Bainimarama said it was the responsibility of parents to ensure children did not access such materials on their phones.

“We are talking about movies in theatres,” he said.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said some students did take playboy materials to school.

“Many children don’t have smartphones, they go to the movies and we don’t want them to watch movies that is not good for them.”

Meanwhile, the Office of the Attorney-General was allocated $10.1 million in the 2020-2021 National Budget.

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