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Consider a panel to self-regulate arts

Published on Jun 10, 2014 11:16 AM
Wild Rice's production of The Importance Of Being Earnest. The major obstacle to overcome in a self-regulatory regime is self-censorship. To separate the creative function from the regulatory function, self-classification could be done not by the individual groups themselves, but by a committee formed by representatives of the groups. -- PHOTO: WILD RICE

I read with some disappointment the news that Arts Engage, a network of arts practitioners from various disciplines, had rejected a proposal by the Media Development Authority (MDA) for arts groups to self-classify their productions.

I can understand the reason for the Arts Engage group's response. It would indeed be self-censorship, and of the worst kind, if arts groups were to have official classifications on their minds as they went about crafting their works.

On the other hand, the MDA is moving in the right direction in devolving some of its powers of content classification to the relevant community - in this case the arts group.

The issue then is to arrive at a solution that can address both concerns without compromise. This modest proposal is an attempt at such a solution.

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