Culture Matters

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Multimedia and convergence

[T]he MCI has announced that it will merge the IDA with the Media Development Authority (MDA) “as a converged regulator and promoter”. What is very interesting about the announced merger is that the combined IDA and MDA will be restructured to create not just one, but two new bodies. The first one will be the Infocommunications Media Development Authority (IMDA) of Singapore and the second one will be the Government Technology Organization (GTO), which according to them will lead digital transformation in the public sector. [Singapore]


Amendments to the Regulation on Presentation of Radio, Television, and On-Demand Internet Broadcasts

The Regulation Amending the Regulation on Presentation of Radio, Television, and On-Demand Internet Broadcasts (“Amendment Regulation”) was published in Official Gazette dated 10 April 2021 and numbered 31450. [Turkey]


Tamil politicians want ‘The Family Man 2’ banned, claim it shows Tamilians, LTTE in bad light

Season two of Amazon Prime’s much-acclaimed series The Family Man is yet to release but the show is already in trouble for allegedly misrepresenting the Eelam Tamil community in Sri Lanka and the LTTE organisation. Following the release of the show’s trailer on 19 May, #FamilyMan2AgainstTamils started trending on Twitter. Now, Rajya Sabha MP and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko has written a letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar seeking a ban on the new season. [India]


Africa Film TT: The show must go on – online

The Africa Film TT (AFTT) team has created a free virtual experience for film lovers, sharing films, hosting conversations and sharing art and music from the continent and the diaspora. "We have had, and want to have more conversations about the Caribbean entertainment industry, which includes film, while building connections with creative professionals across the region, the diaspora and the continent of Africa – all while gathering an international audience." One of the conversations which included participants from across the region, the US and the UK dissected how Caribbean people and people of the African and Caribbean diasporas are defined in the international space and areas in need of growth. [Trinidad & Tobago]


Netflix series criticized online in China over Taiwan flag

Chinese nationalism on the internet has a new target: The popular Thai drama “Girl from Nowhere" distributed by Netflix. Comments online Wednesday complained the series' Facebook page showed the flags of Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by the ruling Communist Party as part of its territory, and of Hong Kong, where the party is trying to crush pro-democracy activism. “Girl from Nowhere” joins a growing list of foreign retailers, airlines, hotels and other brands that have been attacked online in China over Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, human rights and other politically charged issues. [China]


Russia Bans Several Isekai Anime Series To Protect Children From Themes Of Reincarnation, Including KonoSuba and That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

Fearing that their consumption would promote the idea that a reincarnated life would be a better alternative to one’s current life, a Russian court has ordered a ban of several isekai anime from the country, including such popular series as KonoSuba and That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime. [Russia]


Keeping Up Appearances is slapped with a offensive content warning over joke poking fun at Polish man and another calling a posh man 'quent'

Keeping Up Appearances has been given a viewer discretion warning for its release on the streaming service BritBox. The family sitcom - which starred Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth and Clive Swift as her husband Richard - featured several jokes that have fallen foul of modern-day channel bosses. [United Kingdom]


1 Episode of ‘Peppa Pig’ Is Banned in Australia for Its Pro-Spider Take

The banned Peppa Pig episode is “Mr. Skinny Legs.” It deals with Peppa’s arachnophobia, The Evening Standard explains. To help Peppa overcome her fear, her father tells her: “Spiders can’t hurt you.” The episode ends with Peppa having tea with the spider. This all seems benign, but parents in Australia grew concerned the episode would encourage young viewers to play with and handle spiders. The U.K. has few dangerous spiders, but things are different down under, home to more than 10 venomous species. [Australia]


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