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Postby Gray Army » Tue May 25, 2010 11:21 am

Media is generally allowed, but if it starts nosing into Government and/or police/Military workings, they can lose their job over it.

You start spreading rumors here, it can and usually will, cost you your life.

but for the most part, News/Movies and all that isn't censored unless it goes against the Government.

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Postby TurtleShroom » Tue May 25, 2010 11:48 am

That would be the responsibility of the Holiness Board, an enormous body of grey-haired (if human) bureaucrats that sit at a large desk and review every song, movie, television show, and item wanting to be sold in TurtleShroom. They have strict guidelines to follow.

The job of the Board is to produce a "clean version" of every item they are given. That means cutting out swear words with beeps, removing suggestive content or replacing the word with a beep or a different word.

The State is forbidden to censor any form of written media beyond the removal of swear words (simply inserting the word <censored> where the obscenity was). All "cuss words" are defined in a federal code that is available online.

Questioning the government and its policies is not only allowed, but encouraged. Questioning the way the government taxes is also encouraged. Questioning religion is allowed, but is considered horribly rude and is looked down upon. Flag desecration is a crime, with desecration also strictly defined.

Music is not censored other than the removal of swear words and swearing context/suggestive content, which are replaced with those famous "beeps". Sometimes, if the song is nasty enough, a whole verse will be removed.

Television has a strict watershed. Anything with any sort of sexual/homosexual/graphic/suggestive content (what we call TV-MA) can only be shown between the hours of 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM. At the start of any of these shows, and after each commercial break, this is shown to the viewer for twenty seconds:

Violent video games (the M rating) can only be purchased by creatures over eighteen.


Or, here's a more extreme example, in which artists who could draw like South Park were called in to rewrite one part of an episode.
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Here's one that cuts out alcohol.

Oh, and sometimes, sentances will be replaced instead of beeped, leading to...

"Merciful gravy, they killed Kenny!"

"Frankly my dear, I just don't care!"

"Get these accursed snakes off of this accursed plane!"

"To heck with the torpedos, full steam ahead!"

"Kiss my backside!"

"What in the universe?"

"Go to the fiery underworld, you infidel!"

"You're a gay!"

"What the waffle?!"

"It's time to open up a can of whoop-booty!"

"Mmm.... soda."

"That son of a gun!"




...-and of course, weird euphamisms.

Blood is normally uncensored in TurtleShroom, as are organs, but these do drastically up the rating. The Passion of the Christ is one of the few movies to be completely and totally untouched by any form of censorship whatsoever.

As for South Park, episodes that show Jesus doing something He wouldn't do (like watching porn) are not aired in the country in the first place. In fact, that occurs on any mature-content show. Some shows, like American Dad or South Park, have many episodes unshown in TurtleShroom, leading to confusion when a character references something that appeared in an episode that was barred.

The Internet does not exist in TurtleShroom; we have the SHADY instead.
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Postby Birnadia » Tue May 25, 2010 11:52 am

TurtleShroom wrote:"Merciful gravy, they killed Kenny!"


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Postby TurtleShroom » Tue May 25, 2010 11:56 am

Birnadia wrote:
TurtleShroom wrote:"Merciful gravy, they killed Kenny!"


I'm glad I made someone's day! :D

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Postby Marcurix » Tue May 25, 2010 12:04 pm

Taozi wrote:is there any media censorship law in your nation? Such as banning certain movies to be shown in theaters, or banning some shows to be shown at a certain time?

There's absolutely no censorship in Taozi. We don't even have a censorship board. It's not like banning movies is going to stop people from viewing it anyway. So why ban movies?

P.S. speaking of censorship, here's a recent funny video from the Onion about censorship,17243/

There is little-if any- censorship within Marcurix. However there is an unofficial water-shed for the five public tv channels.
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Postby The shee species » Tue May 25, 2010 1:36 pm

There are no stuch laws. There will never be stuch laws. It's part of our bill of rights.

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Postby Sheniaux » Tue May 25, 2010 1:41 pm

Sheniaux has no laws on media censorship except that the broadcaster, newpaper, or whatever form of publisher has the right to freely censor whatever they like but the Government has no power in that though.

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Postby The chrisman union » Tue May 25, 2010 1:50 pm

There is no media censorship in the Chrisman Union. Such a motive impedes freedom of speech and democracy (the main tenet of the Chrismanic constitution). In the Union, journalists are given free reign to do anything they pretty much want in order to get a good story, much to the chagrin of politicians.
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Postby Bakharha » Thu May 27, 2010 5:04 am

The media is forbidden to broadcast leftist ideology, pro-democracy propaganda, or anything deemed "extremist" or "likely to foster hatred among Bakharhans or to undermine the public and social order."

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Postby South Aropa » Thu May 27, 2010 5:19 am

General entertainment media has no restrictions. But there are severe penalties in advertisement and news media for making any claims that are not 100% true.

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Postby Jankenjin » Thu May 27, 2010 5:58 am

Jankenjin wrote:Other than prohibiting the display of illegal acts as "entertainment", there's hardly any censorship of our nation's media outlets.

A required clarification: our Justice Ministry informs us that this description isn't accurate; they're not in the habit of arresting folks for depicting criminal acts. (If they did that, most of our newspaper publishers and TV and movie studio heads would be in jail by now.) Only the advocation of criminal behavior as a form of "entertainment" is illegal.
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Postby Carls-land » Thu May 27, 2010 6:06 am

yes we censor lies

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Postby Newborn Australia » Fri May 28, 2010 5:59 pm

Nothing but the following things:
-Child Porn
-Depictions of rape, incest or pedophilia
-Very strong language (only shown between 9:00PM and 7:00AM)
-Nudity or sex (only shown between 8:00PM and 8:00AM)
-Fast food commercials (max 3 hrs. of ad-time allowed)
-Extremely graphic violence (this one is a big no-no. Period.)

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Postby Canadia Americai » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:39 pm

Not a film has been banned by the film board since the 1980s. We are currently in the moment of restructuring the Canadai Americaian Film, Online and Interactive Content Board (FOICB).

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Postby Saurisia » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:41 pm

Not really, though we DO prohibit children from seeing content deemed too mature for them.
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Postby Wamitoria » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:58 pm

We censor any materiel promoting anarchism, fundamental religions, racism, and neo-luddism. And of course, children are restricted from viewing any overly-sexual or overly-violent.
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Postby Zuigi » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:26 am

We do prohibit porn from being shown on local terrestrial television. The F and the S words cannot be said between the hours of 23;00 and 6;00 on local terrestrial television. Toplessness with a non-sexual context is permitted on local terrestrial television.

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Postby Great Nepal » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:37 am

"We have ministry of Information and all of the media materials are first shown to minister of Information and if s/he approves it, them only it can be advertised and shown to public. We have been compled to do so after several reports about wrong reports and several parents complaining about inappropriate materials available in films and TVs for there children.
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Postby Augarundus » Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:36 pm

Nothing is censored in Augarundus.
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Postby Iglesian Archipelago » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:35 am

In the IA, censorship is unconstitutional.

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Postby Voerdeland » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:50 am

TV and radio are entirely controlled by the government, while newspapers and websites are completely free.

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Postby Helghast empire » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:50 am

anything against the government is banned

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Postby The Grand Millian » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:27 am

We have none what so ever, it is not the governments job to censor anything.
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Postby Vallermoore » Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:24 pm

No swearing before the hours 10:00PM to 6:00AM ,and no critism of the government allowed.

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Postby Saurisisia » Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:33 pm

Anything that criticizes the Government too harshly, calling for its overthrow, or is for an ideology the nation is opposed to (Communism, Nazism, and Human Supremacism) is banned. That's about it.
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