Stop selling foreign films, NFVCB warns traders




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By Taiye Olayemi


Lagos – The Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Saturday warned miscreants, films and others engaged illegal businesses the movie industry to desist such dubious acts.
Mr Adedayo Thomas, NFVCB Executive , gave the warning an the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Lagos.
He said that films were illegal, uncensored and unclassified, therefore unacceptable in the country.
He, therefore, urged those who in films to desist such illegal act because when caught, offenders would be dealt ruthlessly.
He disclosed that about five offenders were already in court while others whose uncensored movies were seized and burnt were being educated by the board on the kind of films to sell.
“Foreign films in this country are totally banned, they are illegal and we seek the collaboration of the customs and other enforcement agencies to help us sanitise the creative industry.
” Foreign films are against the growth of the country, they come in illegally without censorship, classification and the property right of the owners and that reduces our rating in terms of intellectual property right.
” So it is a total ban for all foreign films, the only ones allowed are those in the cinemas because we have been able to manage the cinemas and censored them,” he said.
The Executive said that 60 cinemas in the country, 55 had been classified and censored by the board.
Thomas said that the board had a on Jan. 16 with Africa Magic Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo alongside Multichoice to address the issue of obscene musical videos and movies on various television channels.
He said that the board had advised them to desist showcasing uncensored and unapproved movies and musical videos as any television station found defaulting would be shut down completely.
” We have made them realise that most of the movies they air are uncensored and unclassified, so we are watching them henceforth,” he said. (NAN)