MTRCB to push through with plan to regulate Netflix despite backlash

first_imgWhile she admits that the drafters of Presidential Decree 1986 did not foresee the internet, Arenas said that it has served its purpose, citing a provision which stated their mandate. The MTRCB was created under Presidential Decree 1986 by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos “to regulate and classify movies, television programs, related publicity materials and/or promotional materials.” “Obviously, it’s not in their charter and they need to approach it with a different model, or use a different charter or model if they wish to regulate the films coming out, because their charter is filter and use,” Dela Cruz explained. “So, the concept that MTRCB can regulate access is wrong. That’s telecommunications. That’s NTC. On content, they (MTRCB) can’t do anything because they are not the source,” he added. GETTY IMAGES Arenas added that they are amenable to their proposal. In fact, she said that they have consulted with the “video-on-demand (VOD)” providers for more than a year already and have discussed their plans to regulate video streaming applications. MANILA, Philippines — The Movie Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) will push through with its plan to regulate video streaming platforms operating in the Philippines despite the backlash from the public. Arenas’ statement came after the MTRCB was criticized for their move to regulate video streaming applications such as Netflix, iflix and other similar platforms operating in the country. MTRCB chair Rachel Arenas told “The Chiefs” on One News that they will not be intimidated by the criticisms as she emphasized that they only follow what the law dictates.center_img Presidential Decree 1986 states that “any motion picture on whatever medium with whatever mechanism or equipment they are projected, and in whatever material they are preserved or recorded” is under the jurisdiction of the MTRCB. She explained to VOD providers that the streamed videos should be regulated to conform with the classifications of the MTRCB and to the “different culture” of the Philippines. “Not because it’s impractical we’re not going to pursue what is written in the law. Slowly, we have to do something about it, and that’s what we’ve been working on for almost a year now,” Arenas said. What the government can do, Dela Cruz said,to  is to limit access or deny access from streaming videos, which is a mandate of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and not of the MTRCB. Dela Cruz pointed out that the MTRCB can only regulate the content of video streaming platforms if they will use a different “charter or model” or if a law will be passed designed to regulate online content. Enrique dela Cruz, law professor on media and technology at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST), however, said that the MTRCB cannot regulate video streaming applications as it is not part of its mandate under Presidential Decree 1986. “With the provision like this in our law, it gives us the authority to regulate,” she said. As she understands the sentiments of the people, Arenas clarified that they will not stop video streaming platforms from streaming movies online, but will only ask them to “self-regulate” and classify them accordingly. (Philstar Global)last_img read more

Horse Sport Ireland congratulates Damian McDonald on new appointment

first_img Horse Sport Ireland would like to congratulate Damian McDonald on his appointment as Director General of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA).Damian McDonald (pictured) was appointed as CEO of Horse Sport Ireland in 2007 and he played a crucial role in the establishment of HSI as the Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in Ireland, bringing together 28 Equestrian affiliates for the first time under one wing.Mr McDonald worked tirelessly in his role for almost a decade, as both CEO of HSI and Secretary General of The Irish National Equestrian Federation, representing Ireland at FEI (International Federation for Equestrian Sports) meetings worldwide.Horse Sport Ireland Chairman Pat Wall said: “Damian is a very capable individual and our loss is the IFA’s gain. He will do a great job for them and I wish him the very best of luck in the next chapter of his career. We have him match fit!”The Board of Horse Sport Ireland will now begin the process of appointing a new CEO and Secretary General. Damian McDonald will take up his role with the IFA in the New Year and will continue as HSI CEO and Secretary General until that time. Tags: Home  »  General  »  Horse Sport Ireland congratulates Damian McDonald on new appointment Horse Sport Ireland congratulates Damian McDonald on new appointment 16 November 2016, 16:22last_img read more