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Netherlands/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

In 1997 a system of self-regulation was developed by the Netherlands Institute for the Classification of Audiovisual Media [Nederlands Instituut voor de Classificatie van Audiovisuele Media, NICAM]. A Viewing Indicator [Kijkwijzer] shows a series of symbols to indicate whether or not watching a specific programme could be damaging for minors and for what reasons (sex, violence, etc).

The indicator is used for films as well as for TV programmes, video clips, computer games and internet sites. Over 1 600 institutes are connected to NICAM (2013). The indicator age categories are laid down in Article 240a of the Criminal Code (click here for more information).

Chapter published: 19-03-2017

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