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History of censorship - 1915

Film censorship introduced


A conference of representatives of 45 organisations called for the introduction of a system of government film censorship as 'the class of moving pictures at present exhibited in New Zealand constitutes a grave danger to the moral health and social welfare of the community'. The conference was made up of church groups, local bodies, education boards and social-action/morals organisations. In June of 1916 a petition was presented to Parliament, also calling for government film censorship and the Secondary Schools Conference adopted a motion calling for 'reasonable censorship' of films.

Christoffel, P. (1989) Censored: A Short History of Censorship in New Zealand, p8.

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