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The Films and Publications Amendment Act (FPAA) Implemented on 1 March 2022

The FPAA was signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa last month and implemented on the first of March. The revision of the Act requires that online content producers submit their content to the Film & Publications Board (FPB) for classification, to determine whether such expression is permitted online or not. According to the FPAA, all commercial online distributors can opt to self-classify their films and games, provided these comply with certain prescribed requirements, including ensuring that their classification of such films and games is in accordance with the FPB. However, critics believe the revision of the Act is intended to limit freedom of expression and censor content. The Newsletter will publish an article next month on the implications for e-commerce.

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