Page 11, 27th May 1938

27th May 1938
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Page 11, 27th May 1938 — THE PUBLIC HAS NO SAY Censorship Wakens

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THE PUBLIC HAS NO SAY Censorship Wakens

The film censorship has been strengthened by the appointment of two new members to the appeal board. A distinguished Professor of the National University, now a Senator, has pointed out, however, that the appeal system works in the wrong direction. The film trade can appeal against the condemnation of a film, and the board has power to overrule the censor in favour of the trade. On the other hand, the public cannot appeal. No machinery exists for correction in the other direction. Films are being shown in our country towns which glorify seduction and adultery, but the public has no remedy. It cannot approach the,appeal board, nor can the appeal board, apparently, intervene.

The Government has prohibited the circulation of a well-known Manchester Sunday newspaper in the Twenty-six Counties, along with an illustrated journal of the nudist type which had become popular, and a third periodical. This is a sign of awakening to the fitness of establishing Christian standards. One would wish, however, that these publications were rejected by the people instinctively. One of the most disedifying sights of Dublin is the pouring of crowds out from the churches on Sunday to buy, at the very church gates, hundreds and thousands of the base Sunday newspapers. If the people were roused to a sense of consistency and themselves refused to bay the papers which. when we had no Irish Government to protect us, patriotism rejected—then we would feel happier than when it is the State that acts.

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