INTO THE RIVER: BAN LIFTED
The interim ban on Into the River has ended with the majority of the Film and Literature Board classifying the book as ‘unrestricted’. The majority of the Board stated that the book dealt with the subject matter in a way that was ‘essential to the story’ and was not gratuitous. The majority viewed the book as dealing with matters “about the potentially negative consequences that can follow from involvement in casual sex, underage drinking, drug taking, crime, violence and bullying” in a way that was likely to educate, rather than promote. The majority therefore reached the conclusion that Into the River was not “objectionable” as defined by section 3(1) of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993 (“the Act”).
See dissenting opinion by Dr Don Mathieson (President)
AGE RESTRICTION: REMOVED
The Film and Literature Board has removed its earlier age restriction on Into the River. The book now carries no age restriction. In reaching this decision the majority stated:
“Although we previously formed the view that an age restriction was justified, in light of the better information available at this review particularly regarding the consequences of a restriction even for those over the restricted age, and in light of the other books and entertainment options that intermediate aged children and younger are exposed to anyway, we do not now consider an age restriction is justifiable.” See full decision.