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Another possible example of Program rules imposed on the masses.

Self-censorship MTV in wartime
Minder TeleVisie - 22.03.2003 09:05

MTV Internal memo

Music TeleVison

Dear all

In the light of the outbreak of war in Iraq in the last 12 hours, our recommendations for the scheduling and content of videos and programmes are as follows:

1. Video recommendations

Obviously, there will be heightened public sensitivity to representations of war, soldiers, bombing, destruction of buildings and public unrest at home. The ITC Programme Code requires us not to broadcast material which offends against good taste or is offensive to public feeling. We therefore recommend that videos featuring the following are not shown at the moment:

war soldiers war planes bombs missiles riots and social unrest executions other obviously sensitive material

Examples include: System of a Down "Boom!" - anti-war video containing facts and figures about, amongst other things, the projected casualties in the war in Iraq.

Aerosmith "Don't want to miss a thing" - contains footage from the film "Armageddon".

Manic Street Preachers "So Why So Sad" - contains footage of soldiers being killed and man throwing a hand grenade.

Passengers/U2 "Miss Sarajevo" - contains missiles, guns and buildings being blown up.

Bon Jovi "This ain't a love song" - contains war scenes and victims in distress.

Iggy Pop "Corruption" - contains wars, riots, guns and captions "we love guns" and "we love rifles".

Paul Hardcastle "19" - contains war footage.

Radiohead "Lucky" - contains war footage including injured children.

Billy Idol "Hot in the City" - contains an atomic explosion.

Armand van Helden "Koochy" - contains an atomic explosion and ships being blown up.

Trick Daddy "Thug Holiday" - contains soldiers being killed at war.

Furthermore, videos with words such as "bomb", "missile", "war" or other sensitive words in the artist or song title should not be shown at the moment.

Examples include:

Outkast "B.O.B (Bombs over Baghdad)" - song title may offend.

Radiohead "Invasion" - song title may offend.

Megadeth "Holy Wars" - song title may offend.

Gavin Friday "You, Me and World War Three" - song title may offend. B-52s videos.

Also, please note that some evergreen tapes contain sensitive videos e.g. until recently, the MTV2 evergreen contained the Outkast "B.O.B. (Bombs over Baghdad)". We therefore recommend that music programmers ensure that inappropriate songs are removed from the evergreen tape for the duration the war.

Please note that this is not a definitive list of videos. Please use the ITC video restrictions database to check each song before broadcast. If you are aware of any other videos featuring the above images, titled with the above words or which may be unsuitable for broadcast in the light of the outbreak of war, we recommend that these are pulled from your schedules.

2. Programme recommendations

Under the ITC's rules, we have two main obligations regarding programmes:

(a) Not to broadcast material which offends against good taste or is offensive to public feeling. For example, no programme should contain:

(i) images of war, bombs, missiles, etc that are likely to be seen as insensitive or offensive at this time (see above for further guidance).

(ii) jokes about the war, about bombing Iraqis, about the American, Iraqi or UK troops.

(iii) comments about the war that are likely to be seen as insensitive or offensive.

Furthermore, the content of each long-form show should be considered before scheduling. Scripts for presenters and news pieces must also be treated with great sensitivity.

(b) To ensure that our programmes treat the issue of war in Iraq with "due accuracy" and "due impartiality". Therefore, we need to ensure that any programme which deals with issue of war in Iraq:

(i) deals fairly with each opposing view. It cannot be one-sided. Both sides of the argument need to be dealt with, and dealt with fairly.

(ii) does not give the view of MTV or the views of MTV presenters.

(iii) does not give facts, or opinions based on facts, that are incorrect e.g. an anti-war argument that states the war is bad because 50 million Iraqis will die (the official estimates are much lower than that), a pro-war argument that states Saddam Hussein should be toppled because he is going to invade Israel (there is no evidence of this). You need to ensure that any facts included in your programmes are accurate, and verified by an official source e.g. an Amnesty International report, a UN report, Reuters news service.

If you are unsure about the suitability of a video or programme, please call the Broadcast Standards Managers: Mark (x6195 (HC)) Dan (x7734 (HC)) or Aurea (x6197 (HC)).
Mark Sunderland
Broadcast Standards Manager
MTV Networks Europe

There never was a good war or a bad peace.

--Benjamin Franklin, (1773)
--- End quote ---

We can't HANDLE the Truth!
Thank ?GOD that people are
willing to spare our virgin
ears and eyes from such
provoking subject matter!
┬┐What would we do without them? :question:

  :wstupid:   :rofl:  

I don't know how MTV keeps making money.  They treat their viewers like babies more times than just this example.  VH-1 and Much Music (or whatever it's called) is much better.


Because when I see the B-52s... I think war.  :roll:

And what? We're not supposed to think about it? Only dedicate our lives and fortunes in blind devotion to it?


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