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Organisation of self-regulation

Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien
Based in:
Type of organisation:
Federal Authority
Geographical scope:
Content-related scope:
all media
Related areas:
youth protection

The Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien (BPjM)- (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons) is an official administrative authority of the German government. The task is to protect children and adolescents in Germany from any media which might contain harmful or dangerous content. This work is authorised by the German "Youth Protection Law" (Jugendschutzgesetz - JuSchG).

Media monitored by the BPjM are videos, DVDs, computer games, audio records and CDs, print media and Internet sites. Objects are considered to be harmful or dangerous to minors, if they tend to endanger their process of developing a socially responsible and self-reliant personality. In general, this applies to objects that contain indecent, extremely violent, crime-inducing, anti-Semitic or otherwise racist material.

The BPjM can only act on the request of other administrative institutions, not by itself. The German Youth Welfare Departments, among others, can file a complaint against an object. Once an official request has been filed, the BPjM is obliged to act.

A board of 12 representatives consisting of 8 different social organisations (e.g. artistic and literary community, entertainment industry, youth welfare, teachers, religious groups), 3 representatives of the federal states as well as the chairwoman of the BPjM, examines the respective object.

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Available on the website since April 30, 2008