BY CHRIS-11NA WHITE A CHRISTIAN charity has welcomed the findings of a new Home Office report, scheduled for release this autumn, which purports to establish a link between screen violence and crime. CARE, Christian Action Research and Education, said the report justified its campaign for tighter controls on broadcasting and it called for the Government to take immediate action.
Charlie Colchester, executive director of the charity, welcomed the new evidence: "The Home Office report reveals nothing new; it simply underlines what we have been saying for a long time," he said. "Violent, gratuitous viewing induces crime. We are seeing Home Office statistics that rubber stamp our campaigns and we are waiting in anticipation for the Government to act." He backed the decision of the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, to make the British Board of Film Classification more accountable to government the head of BBFC will now be appointed by ministers. In addition he called for greater powers for the ITC to enable it to prevent the transmission of "offensive material".
In July, CARE supplied a briefing paper to the Commons on violence and film classification in support of Conservative MP Julian Brazier's Film Classification, Accountability and Openness Bill.